Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Art Review - "Breakfast Time" by Hanna Hirsch-Pauli

Another wish list painting for this week's #museumtourtuesday. This one combines three of my favorite things - the outdoors, dappled light, and breakfast!

Hanna Hirsch-Pauli was a Swedish painter who studied in Paris during the late 1880s. She exhibited work in the Paris Salon in 1887, received a medal for her work at the 1889 Exposition Universelle, and exhibited at the Palace of Fine Arts. Her work was also in the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago.
What drew me to this painting more than anything else is the dappled light on that table cloth. Notice all of the color just around the edges of the brightest areas. Of course, everyone has their own opinion - one critic commented on this very same part of the painting in 1887, saying that the artist probably used the cloth to clean her brushes.
While the tablecloth is clearly the star, don't miss the way the light spills across both the bench in the lower right corner and the chair on the left. The beauty in those is the juxtaposition of the warm light versus the cold blue of the sky reflected in the wood.
This painting is part of the collection at the Nationalmuseum in Stockholm, Sweden.
"Breakfast Time" (Frukostdags) • Hanna Hirsch-Pauli • Oil on Canvas 
• 91cm x 87cm  • 1887

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