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American Paintings and Sculpture
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Artist: Edward Hopper, American, 1882–1967

Rooms for Tourists

1945

Oil on canvas

30 1/4 × 42 1/8 in. (76.8 × 107 cm) framed: 36 5/8 × 48 5/8 × 3 in. (93.03 × 123.51 × 7.62 cm)
Bequest of Stephen Carlton Clark, B.A. 1903
1961.18.30

Edward Hopper’s paintings of buildings are portraits, in which the human presence is implied but not seen. In Rooms for Tourists, Hopper portrays the exterior of a boarding house in Provincetown, Massachusetts. He made study drawings of the building and then traveled there repeatedly at night while he worked on the painting. The contrast between the warm, electrically lit interior and the darkness of night outside captures the sense of transience and impermanence inherent in the boarding house’s impersonal arrivals and departures.

Status: 
Not on view
Culture: 
American
Period: 
20th century
Classification: 
Paintings
Bibliography: 

Artists on Art: Observations by Yale Faculty on Selections from the Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1999), 46–47, ill.

Michael Conforti et al., The Clark Brothers Collect: Impressionist and Early Modern Paintings, exh. cat. (Williamstown, Mass.: Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, 2006), 177, 286–87, 316, 332, fig. 210.

Carol L. Troyen et al., Edward Hopper, exh. cat. (Verona, Italy: MFA Publications, 2007), 172, no. 95, ill.

Carl Little, Edward Hopper’s New England (Petaluma, Calif.: Pomegranate Commmunications, Inc., 2011), 85, fig. 32.

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