Modern and Contemporary Art
Photo credit: Yale University Art Gallery
Full-size image not available for download. Please contactRights and Reproductions.
Artist: John Baeder, American, born 1938

Highway Diner

1973

Oil on canvas

unframed: 107.32 x 167.96 x 4.13 cm (42 1/4 x 66 1/8 x 1 5/8 in.)
Richard Brown Baker, B.A. 1935, Collection
2008.19.543

<P>From the exhibition <EM>Still Life: 1970's Photorealism</EM>:</P>
<P>Among the Photorealists, John Baeder is remarkable for his dedication to a single subject: the exteriors of roadside cafés and diners. Most of his paintings are based on 1970s photographs of historic diners from the first half of the twentieth century. Baeder was inspired by the realist photographers of the Farm Security Administration, who documented everyday American life from the mid-1930s to the 1940s. In a similar vein, Baeder's source for this painting was a photograph from the 1940s given to him by the diner historian and preservationist&nbsp; Richard J. S. Gutman. Because the source photograph was black and white, Baeder painted in grayscale. He wrote that <EM>Highway Diner</EM> was, for him, "a way of preserving the picture rather than the diner."<BR></P>

Culture: 
American
Period: 
20th century
Classification: 
Paintings
Status: 
Not on view
Bibliography: 

“Acquisitions, July 1, 2007–June 30, 2008,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2008): 199.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.

Continue Exploring

Collection Objects
Modern and Contemporary Art
Publication
Collection Catalogues, Exhibition Catalogues
Collection Objects
Modern and Contemporary Art
Collection Objects
Modern and Contemporary Art
Collection Objects
Modern and Contemporary Art
Publication
Collection Catalogues
Publication
Collection Catalogues
Publication
Bulletins