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Sunday Morning Breakfast

Artist
Horace Pippin, American, 1888–1946
Date
1943
Material
Oil on fabric
Place made
West Chester, Pennsylvania, United States, North and Central America
Place painted
West Chester, Pennsylvania, United States, North and Central America
Classification
Paintings
Current Location
On View, Gallery 334
Dimensions
16 × 20 in. (40.6 × 50.8 cm)
framed: 21 9/16 × 25 9/16 × 2 1/4 in. (54.8 × 64.9 × 5.7 cm)
Credit Line
Museum Funds, Friends Fund; and Bequest of Marie Setz Hertslet, Museum Purchase, Eliza McMillan Trust, and Gift of Mrs. Carll Tucker, by exchange
Rights
Public Domain
Object Number
164:2015
NOTES
A kettle whistles on a glowing stove as two children eagerly await their breakfast in this warm family scene. The everyday narrative is balanced by the geometric simplicity of the door, curtained window, and cupboard, and continued in the flat patterns of the apron and rugs. Pippin was a self-taught African American artist who began painting as therapy after he was wounded in World War I. His laborious painting process involved propping up his disabled right arm with a poker and guiding it with his left hand. Sunday Morning Breakfast is a scene remembered from his youth in Goshen, New York.
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