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The Breakfast Room

Pierre Bonnard

European Art

A keen observer of the mundane routines of domestic life, Bonnard simultaneously conveys both familiar intimacy and isolating distance in the shared space of this cheerful breakfast room. While the vantage point implies a place for the viewer across from the seated woman, the austere jutting wedge of the white tablecloth and the placement of the basket of fruit set her apart. Moreover, with her head and shoulders bowed over her cup, the woman stirs her drink with meditative self-absorption. Bonnard further underscores the detachment of the figures with the turned back of the retreating child.
MEDIUM Oil on canvas
  • Place Made: France
  • DATES ca. 1925
    DIMENSIONS 25 3/4 x 42 1/2 in. (65.4 x 108 cm) Frame: 33 1/2 x 50 1/2 x 4 in. (85.1 x 128.3 x 10.2 cm)  (show scale)
    SIGNATURE Signed lower right: "Bonnard"
    COLLECTIONS European Art
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 43.202
    CREDIT LINE Frank L. Babbott Fund, Carll H. de Silver Fund, and A. Augustus Healy Fund
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    CAPTION Pierre Bonnard (French, 1867-1947). The Breakfast Room, ca. 1925. Oil on canvas, 25 3/4 x 42 1/2 in. (65.4 x 108 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Frank L. Babbott Fund, Carll H. de Silver Fund, and A. Augustus Healy Fund, 43.202. © artist or artist's estate
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