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by George Tooker

Lunch is an indirect reference to the contentious lunch counter sit-ins occurring across the nation during the 1960s, but its pale palette and dull figures have none of the heated passion so often associated with them in real life.  Instead, Tooker’s figures all bear an uncanny resemblance to each other and eat their identical lunches with identical motions. 

Can you locate the African-American man in this painting?  Does he appear integrated or isolated from his fellow diners? 

(Pohl 93-4)

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George Tooker - Lunch

George Tooker, Lunch, 1964.  Egg tempera on gessoed panel, 20 x 26 in. 

Museum Purchase, Derby Fund, from the Philip J. and Suzanne Schiller Collection of American Social Commentary Art 1930-1970

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