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The Breakfast (Le petit déjeuner)

European Art
painting
The Breakfast (Le petit déjeuner)

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Pierre Bonnard
French, 1867–1947

Date

1922

Medium

Oil on canvas

Accession #

2007.124

Dimensions

16 1/2 x 20 inches

Location

On View - Stent Family Wing, Level 2, Gallery 207

Description

During the late 1800s, Pierre Bonnard was a leading member of the Nabis, a brotherhood of Post-Impressionist artists (which included Édouard Vuillard, whose work is on view nearby). The Nabis rejected academic naturalism in favor of heavy outlines and an expressionistic application of color in their paintings.

While the Nabis were no longer working together as a group when Bonnard painted The Breakfast, the decorative patterning, flattened perspective, and rich coloration of his earlier practice remain evident.

Credit

Purchase with funds from Alfred Austell Thornton in memory of Leila Austell Thornton and Albert Edward Thornton, Sr., and Sarah Miller Venable and William Hoyt Venable