9 x 12"
oil on panel
My new painting features Edward Hopper's New York Movie which I last saw at the Art Institute of Chicago, on loan from the Museum of Modern Art in an exhibition titled America after the Fall: Painting in the 1930's. The exhibition included my very favorite painters - Hopper, O'Keeffe, Grant Wood to name a few - depicting scenes during the Great Depression. It was unforgettable.
The Art Institute has several fun facts about New York Movie:
- Hopper painted the work in 1938 after a long dry spell of not painting anything.
- The location is the Palace Theater, now the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, chosen after scouting out the Strand and others.
- The woman on the right was modeled after Hopper's wife, Jo. He had her stand under a hallway light in his building for sketching and studies.
- The outfit Jo is wearing was based on the wide-legged jumpsuits actually worn by the Palace Theater's staff.
- The theme on the movie screen was thought to be from a 1937 movie Lost Horizon by Frank Capra.
- The poet Joseph Stanton wrote an ode to the painting.
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