Prior to the work Hotel Bedroom, many of Lucien Freud’s portrayals of his second wife Caroline were light and carefree. But his grim 1954 painting of Caroline in bed and himself, a dark figure in the window, suggests that something had changed in their relationship. Many say that this painting alluded to a breakdown in their marriage, and Caroline herself stated that she “was dismayed, and others were mystified as to why he needed to paint a girl, who at that point still looked childish, as so distressingly old.”