Walt's Restaurant


Modern and Contemporary Art

Not on view

From the exhibition Still Life: 1970s Photorealism:

This painting represents a familiar, even ordinary subject: an older man lingering over coffee in a diner. Many Photorealists reflected the influence of Edward Hopper by depicting the culture of roadside diners and isolated figures within them. Goings was dedicated to representing working-class subjects and aspects of consumer culture not normally the subject of large-scale oil painting. Here, he complicates the apparent simplicity of his subject by focusing his camera outside the diner’s window, on the sign across the street. As a result, the majority of Goings’s painting is out of focus, reminding viewers that we are looking at a painting of a photograph.


Oil on canvas


image: 111.76 × 152.4 cm (44 × 60 in.)
framed: 114.94 × 155.58 × 6.67 cm (45 1/4 × 61 1/4 × 2 5/8 in.)

Credit Line

Richard Brown Baker, B.A. 1935, Collection

Accession Number



20th century


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OK Harris Works of Art, 4/26/79

  • Joshua Shannon, The Recording Machine: Art and Fact during the Cold War (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 2017), 110, fig. 74.
  • "Acquisitions, July 1, 2007–June 30, 2008," Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2008): 206.
  • Fortissimo!: Thirty years from the Richard Brown Baker Collection of contemporary art, exh. cat. (Providence, R.I.: Rhode Island School of Design Museum, 1985), 114, 135–136, no. 53, ill.
  • John Caldwell, "Sum of Show's Disparate Parts are Whole," New York Times (October 12, 1980), ill.
  • Paul J. Karlstrom, "Archives of American Art," Archives of American Art Journal 20, no. 2 (1980): 22–23, fig. 7.

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Object/Work type



chairs restaurant


signed LR: "Goings 78-79"

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