ca. 1934-1939 Isaac Soyer Born: Borisoglebsk, Russia 1902 Died: New York, New York 1981 pencil on paper sheet: 18 3/4 x 17 in. (47.5 x 43.1 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Transfer from the Evander Childs High School, Bronx, New York through the General Services Administration 1975.83.111 Not currently on view
“The artist discovers beauty and meaning in whatever environment he is cast by chance,” Soyer wrote in 1947. For him, the place was New York City, where he drew scenes of everyday life. In The Waitress, Soyer captures a waitress cleaning the table of a man dining alone. Around them customers bustle and converse and dishes clank, but the artist isolates the two figures from their surroundings. They are engrossed in private thoughts despite their physical proximity.
Graphic Masters II: Highlights from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2009
Architecture Interior - commercial - restaurant
Occupation - service - waiter