New York Office (1962). Edward Hopper (American, 1882-1967). Oil on canvas. Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. The animation of urban life is suspended for a brief moment, haste and unrest come to a standstill, revealing the absurdity of the rat race. A secretary behind a big picture window reads a letter in her hand, apparently lost in thought - until the telephone ringing on her desk recalls her to the real world.