The lonely view from a room in Brooklyn

Edward Hopper provides few clues about the location or even the season in his haunting 1932 painting “Room in Brooklyn.”


It’s a stark, isolating view of flat, impenetrable Brooklyn rooftops and a lone figure brushed by light in a neatened bedroom.

Is she reading? Contemplating? Or perhaps she’s looking down on the sidewalk, anticipating a guest’s arrival.

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3 Responses to “The lonely view from a room in Brooklyn”

  1. Says:

    A corner room with sunshine? Divine.

  2. cattychick Says:

    Things to love about this painting: It provides the feeling of weightlessness, with its dominance of sky blues. Yet, it is balanced by the rhythms of the marching apartment building windows and the lower-higher-lower window shades. The woman, whose face we will never see, could be doing anything: dreaming, reading, knitting, catching rays on a frigid day, or just watching the world go by. How many of us have the time to indulge in such lovely, simple pleasures? As vastlycurious says above, “Divine!”

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