Breakfast

Description

These paintings, all from a span of time of less than ten years between the two world wars, depict breakfast in different ways. “La colazione del mattino” by Amedeo Bocchi is set in a silent, light-filled garden. It depicts the painter’s mother, the model he had just married, and his eleven-year-old daughter from a previous marriage. The table is set with a bright white table cloth and very little cutlery, while the women are absorbed in their task and look as if they are going though a rite rather than eating a meal. Felice Carena paints an outdoor breakfast in “Quiete”, an important work in the evolution of post-World War I Italian painting. The nude figures in the landscape take up the idyllic themes of Giorgione and Titian, but the work also pays tribute to Impressionism, with its reference to Manet’s “Déjeuner sur l’Herbe”, and post-Impressionism, with the two peasants that recall the work of Gaugin. The draperies, victuals, and cutlery in the foreground evoke still lifes from the 17th century.