Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Art Review - "The Breakfast Table" by Solomon Joseph Solomon

Continuing the breakfast theme from last week's #MuseumTourTuesday, but this week it's an interior by British painter, Solomon Joseph Solomon.

This painting depicts the artist's wife Ella and their daughter reading the paper in the comfort of their breakfast room. The room is lush and busy, with multiple patterns in the fabric of the furniture and the numerous paintings adorning the walls. Despite this, our attention moves directly to Ella, due to the dark value and simplicity of her black attire. This is an excellent example of using texture, or the lack thereof, to control the composition.
 
Solomon pioneered camouflage for tanks and airplanes during World War I, and I have to wonder if this experience translated into his use of textures and patterns in his paintings.
 
This piece is a part of the permanent collection of the Ben Uri Gallery & Museum in London.
 
"The Breakfast Table" • Solomon Joseph Solomon • Oil on Canvas 
• 26 1/5" x 19 1/10" • 1921


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