NEW YORK MOVIE

NEW YORK MOVIE

Like most of his fellow Americans, Hopper was an avid moviegoer, and by the late 1930s both movies themselves and cinematic effects occasionally made their way into his paintings. The setting for this image of an attractive usherette, absorbed in her own thoughts, was based primarily on the gaudy interior of the Palace Theater in Times Square. The structure of the composition may also owe a debt to the movies, for its spatial arrangement—a near view on the right next to deep space on the left—echoes a montage effect in film, juxtaposing a close-up and a shot into deep space to establish an association between the two.