The Breakfast Room
On View: European Art Galleries, 5th floor
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.
Oil on canvas
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)
Signed lower right: "Bonnard"
Frank L. Babbott Fund, Carll H. de Silver Fund, and A. Augustus Healy Fund
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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 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 43.202_PS11.jpg)
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