Lunchtime Rest

  • William H. Johnson, Lunchtime Rest, ca. 1940-1941, tempera and pen and ink on paper, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Harmon Foundation, 1967.59.1100

Exhibition Label
The brilliant colors and bold stripes recall the multi-stripe designs of West African textiles and the African American tradition of freehand quilting. Johnson based Lunchtime Rest on memories of the South, even though by 1940 he had not visited for many years. Johnson captured the quiet dignity of rural workers’ rest from mundane activities without romanticizing their labor.

Graphic Masters II: Highlights from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2009

Title
Lunchtime Rest
Artist
Date
ca. 1940-1941
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
sheet: 13 x 18 in. (33.0 x 45.7 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the Harmon Foundation

Mediums
Mediums Description
tempera and pen and ink on paper
Classifications
Keywords
  • State of being – other – sleep
  • Architecture – machine – crane
  • Architecture – other – well
  • Ethnic – African-American
  • Occupation – industry – construction
  • Figure group – male
Object Number
1967.59.1100
Palette
Linked Open Data
Linked Open Data URI

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