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Date: 1945

Museum: Yale University Art Gallery (Hartford, United States)

Rooms for Tourists, like most of Hopper's scenic paintings, displays the importance of light as a dramatic element. The mood in pictures depends on the special character of light at different times of day, the light also creating a common basis for architectural forms and natural phenomena. Architecture's geometric order and nature's more varied structure are brought together by the clearly delineated shadows, which, however, retain their transparency; the two spheres thus attain balance and harmony. It is obvious, however, that this balance can be achieved only by freeing the buildings from their human context.

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