The Waitress

  • Isaac Soyer, The Waitress, ca. 1934-1939, pencil on paper, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from the Evander Childs High School, Bronx, New York through the General Services Administration, 1975.83.111

Exhibition Label
“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

Title
The Waitress
Artist
Date
ca. 1934-1939
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
sheet: 18 3/4 x 17 in. (47.5 x 43.1 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Transfer from the Evander Childs High School, Bronx, New York through the General Services Administration

Mediums
Mediums Description
pencil on paper
Classifications
Keywords
  • Figure group
  • Occupation – service – waiter
  • Architecture Interior – commercial – restaurant
Object Number
1975.83.111
Palette
Linked Open Data
Linked Open Data URI

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