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English 1301 - Vela, Cynthia: Tooker's The Subway: Home



Georger Tooker, Self-portrait, 1947. Egg tempera on gesso panel, 42 cm (16 ½ in.) diameter. Curtis Galleries, Minneapolis

Your Assignment

Find an appropriate article about George Tooker's The Subway, for use in a descriptive paper about the famous painting.  

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research model

1. Define Topic: What do you know? Verify with Background Info.

2. Devise Strategy: What do you want to find out? List keywords.

3. Search Sources: Look at Books, Articles, web sites, etc.


EVALUATE what you're doing: Change your keywords/database; Are you finding appropriate items?

An anxious women pauses in "The Subway"

Subway (1950) is Tooker's masterpiece. A woman, wearing a red dress, a blue coat, and an apprehensive expression, walks through the station. The ceilings are oppressive and low; the corridors zoom. Zombie-like men in overcoats skulk about. The environs are sterile and the atmosphere airless. It's a place resolutely bereft of human contact. As an allegory of urban paranoia, the picture can't be beat.

Naves, Mario. "'George Tooker: A Retrospective' The National Academy, New York." New Criterion 27.4 (2008): 51+. Biography in Context. Web. 29 Oct. 2014.

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