Rooms for Tourists is a significant American oil painting created by Edward Hopper in 1945. It portrays a boarding house situated in Provincetown, Massachusetts, where many artists had their workshops during the early 20th century. Hopper made study drawings of the scene and visited it incessantly at night while working on the painting. In the work, light plays an essential role in creating a basis for architectural forms and natural phenomena.
Hopper’s paintings of buildings are portraits that imply human presence but do not show it; this style imbues his paintings with a sense of mystery that draws viewers into the picture’s emotional space. Rooms for Tourists has become an iconic American painting along with Night Hawks due to its exceptional display of horizontality and light depicting typical mid-century architecture style.
Many of Hopper’s houses depicted in art have inspired the film industry. The mysterious Victorian house presented in Rooms for Tourists still exists today as an inn located on Cape Cod; this is among many other old buildings found in Cape Cod that stem from various painters who were influenced by this location during this period.