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Photography courtesy Alexandre Gallery, New York
Title: Sunday Morning Breakfast
Date: 1943
Artist: Horace Pippin
American, 1888–1946
Medium: oil on fabric
Dimensions:
16 x 20 in. (40.6 x 50.8 cm)
Credit Line: Museum Funds; Friends Fund; Bequest of Marie Setz Hertslet, Museum Purchase, Eliza McMillan Trust, and Gift of Mrs. Carll Tucker, by exchange
Object Number: 164:2015
(not assigned):
Current Location: On View, Gallery 334
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.

Signed: l.r.: H. Pippin
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