Breakfast, Maurice Denis
Maurice Denis
Breakfast
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Maurice Denis

Breakfast, 1901


Dimensions
51.3 x 66.5 cm
Physical Description
Oil on cardboard
Inventory Number
SG 392
Acquisition
Acquired in 1926
Status
On display

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About the Work

An idyllic breakfast: the blissful-looking family of the Nabis artist is seated around a table by the window which affords a view across a bay. The figures are shown close to the viewer and form a compact unit. Thanks to their stylistic homogeneity, the patterns on the fabric of the clothing and the tablecloth fuse to form a decorative surface, whereby the identical patterns on the dresses of the mother and the younger daughter blend into each other. This work reflects Denis's view that a painting is primarily a surface covered with paint in a certain arrangement rather than the rendering of a subject.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Breakfast
Painter
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on cardboard
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Monogrammiert unten in der Mitte: MAVD

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Picture Copyright
© Städel Museum, Foto: U. Edelmann
Acquisition
Acquired in 1926

Work Content

Iconclass

Primary
  • 41C41 breakfast
  • 42B7422 mother and daughter(s) (family group)
  • 61BB2(MEURIER, Marthe)13(+53) historical person (MEURIER, Marthe) - BB - woman - historical person (MEURIER, Marthe) portrayed in a group, in a group-portrait (+ half-length portrait)
  • 61BB2(DENIS,Noële)13(+53) historical person (DENIS,Noële) - BB - woman - historical person (DENIS,Noële) portrayed in a group, in a group-portrait (+ half-length portrait)
  • 61BB2(DENIS,Bernadette)13(+53) historical person (DENIS,Bernadette) - BB - woman - historical person (DENIS,Bernadette) portrayed in a group, in a group-portrait (+ half-length portrait)
  • 31AA235 sitting figure - AA - female human figure
Secondary
  • 41C3 laid table: table-ware, table-decoration, etc.
  • 41A721 chair
  • 41A3372 view through a window from the inside
  • 46C24 sailing-ship, sailing-boat

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13.03.2019