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

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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

Lunchtime Rest
ca. 1940-1941
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Not on view.
sheet: 13 x 18 in. (33.0 x 45.7 cm)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the Harmon Foundation

Mediums Description
tempera and pen and ink on paper
  • State of being – other – sleep
  • Architecture – machine – crane
  • Architecture – other – well
  • Ethnic – African-American
  • Occupation – industry – construction
  • Figure group – male
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