Described as the view he would have seen out the back door of his studio, it was a literal representation of silence and solitude. Edward Hopper at a young age was fascinated by light recalling a time when he first noticed the difference in light with one side being brighter than the other, this becoming a major theme in his art.
However his influence didn't stop there, he would discuss with peers about what an empty room would look like when no one was around. The idea of an empty room could present presence and it would be this thought that would stick with him for his entire life which is also seen in Sun in an Empty Room.
With its surrealistic feel, Rooms by the Sea generates an uncomfortable feel of crisis, with one side a generic room glared with boring tones and the other side filled with energy that is swallowed in sunlight tempting anyone to jump.
Fitting as the original title was 'Rooms by the Sea. Alias the Jumping Off Place'.
Edward Hopper's Rooms by the Sea was the staple of a man with vision and an understanding of the world, it was his amateurish paintings that was his charm and as critic Clement Greenberg stated, "Hopper happens to be a bad painter.
But if he were better, he would, most likely, not be so superior an artist". Just as Van Gogh had done, Edward Hopper used objects as a portrait for himself and using his surroundings as a metaphor for how he sees his own world, creating intimate art works that only he knew what it meant.
This style means Edward Hopper's Rooms by the Sea still generates wonder and debate.