Staying There: Hotels in Art
Somewhat like train stations and airports, hotel rooms and lobbies are emotionally saturated in our contemporary imagination. They appear often in movies, but not so much in the fine arts. Based on a subjective selection, our contributor Dorothée Deyries-Henry muses on the feeling of being elsewhere inspired by some unusual and stimulating artworks.
imagine ourselves in his place, and, if distracted enough, let the image make us float away as well. Hotels are generally synonymous with travel, which is certainly what this photo conveys as the floating bed carries us away. In art history, the figure of the hotel is doubly exotic. It is rare as a subject, and it provides an ideal situation for the imagination. There were only a few representations of hotels before the end of the nineteenth century, when such establishments became more common.(1) One could even think that hotels are not a subject in painting, since as a symbolic site they have been all but completely appropriated by the movies, whose plots often involve a flophouse, ordinary hotel or palace