Breakfast, Maurice Denis
Maurice Denis
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Maurice Denis

Breakfast, 1901

51.3 x 66.5 cm
Physical Description
Oil on cardboard
Inventory Number
SG 392
Acquired in 1926
On display, 1st upper level, Modern Art, room 6


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

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

Property and Acquisition

Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
Public Domain
Acquired in 1926

Work Content


  • 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
  • 41C3 laid table: table-ware, table-decoration, etc.
  • 41A721 chair
  • 41A3372 view through a window from the inside
  • 46C24 sailing-ship, sailing-boat

Research and Discussion


Object History
... Pauline Kowarzik (1852-1929), Frankfurt am Main
Verkauf an die Städtische Galerie, Frankfurt am Main, 1926.


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