Paintings of the sheer peaks of the Alps or serpentine glimmer of the
Hudson River showcase the awe-inspiring characteristics of the natural
world. But there’s something equally compelling about depictions of
interior spaces. Think of how bleak and bereft Edward Hopper’s bedroom
scenes are, or the sense of anticipation, warmth, and intimacy in
Johannes Vermeer’s paintings of women’s domesticity. The evocations may
be subtle, but they’re undeniable.