What are they looking at?

our backs
tell stories'
no books have 
the spine to 
carry 
Rupi Kaur

There is something so peaceful about looking out windows – watching the world go by, yearning for the outdoors, day dreaming, pausing momentarily in the middle of a chore, appreciating the beauty of trees or the vibrancy of life on the busy streets – I wonder what these women were thinking of when they looked outside.

Vilhelm Hammershoi, Tall Windows (1913)

There’s something so magical about the windows framing the women and the light streaming indoors from these windows. Most of the women face their backs to us, and instead of seeing what they are seeing, we are only allowed to look at them in the act of looking.

(Source: Met Museum, Sorolla Museum, Museo Prado)