42nd St. Nocturne

  • Xavier J. Barile, 42nd St. Nocturne, 1953, oil on fabric: canvas mounted on paperboard, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Xavier J. Barile, 1979.14.2

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In 42nd St. Nocturne, Xavier Barile painted New York City's Apollo Theatre aglow beneath a starry sky. Barile's lively "nocturne" shows moviegoers filtering in and out of the theater under a marquee advertising the main feature, The Moon is Blue. Directed by Otto Preminger, this 1953 comedy film caused an uproar when it appeared on the big screen. The story revolves around a virginal young actress pursued by a playboy architect.

Title
42nd St. Nocturne
Artist
Date
1953
On View
Dimensions
8 7/8 x 11 7/8 in. (22.7 x 30.3 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Xavier J. Barile

Mediums Description
oil on fabric: canvas mounted on paperboard
Classifications
Keywords
  • Cityscape – New York – New York
  • Cityscape – street – 42nd Street
  • Cityscape – time – night
  • Figure group
  • Architecture Exterior – civic – theater
  • Architecture Exterior – civic – Apollo Theater
Object Number
1979.14.2
Palette
Linked Open Data
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