Voice

Artist:

George Tooker (1920-2011)

Date:

1977

Medium:

Lithograph on Rives gray paper

Dimensions:

11 x 9 3/4 in. (27.94 x 24.765 cm.)

Accession #:

2007.11

Credit Line:

John Lambert Fund

Copyright:

"Voice" shows two men on either side of a wall or door. While the viewer is privy to their close proximity to one another they seem unsure about one another's existence. The man on the left has placed his head against the barrier as if listening for movement or communication. On the right, a second man presses his open mouth to the other side but seems silent and frozen in fear. Tooker cropped the image closely so that we focus on the relationship between the two men as they breath quietly and await contact. A delicate tension is established between the two figures as they wait.