Rooms for Tourists (1945) by Edward Hopper

Rooms for Tourists - Edward Hopper - 1945

Artwork Information

TitleRooms for Tourists
ArtistEdward Hopper
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions107.06 x 76.83 cm
Art MovementSocial Realism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Rooms for Tourists

The artwork “Rooms for Tourists” was created by the artist Edward Hopper in 1945. It is an oil on canvas that aligns with the Social Realism art movement. The painting measures 107.06 cm in height and 76.83 cm in width, and it is classified within the landscape genre. It is currently held in a private collection.

“Rooms for Tourists” depicts a night scene featuring a large, well-lit house with a sign indicating the availability of rooms for tourists. The house appears to be a guesthouse or a small inn. The warm light emanating from the windows contrasts with the dark, ominous exterior, possibly reflecting a sense of isolation or the dichotomy between public and private spaces characteristic of Hopper’s work. The architecture includes distinct features such as a porch with columns and dark shutters framing the windows, which contribute to the feeling of a typical American setting from the era. The signage at the right foreground, simply stating “ROOMS”, is stark and prominent, suggesting themes of travel, transience, and the notion of places where the personal and impersonal transiently intersect. Hopper’s use of light and shadow is masterful, creating an interplay that enhances the composition’s moody atmosphere and narrative potential.

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