“Breakfast of the aristocrat”, Pavel Andreevich Fedotov – overview of the painting

“Breakfast of the aristocrat”, Pavel Andreevich Fedotov – overview of the painting
“Breakfast of the aristocrat”, Pavel Andreevich Fedotov - overview of the painting - 1

    • Posted by Pavel Andreevich Fedotov
    • Museum: Tretyakov Gallery
    • Year: 1850

Overview of the painting :

Aristocrat breakfast – Pavel Andreevich Fedotov. Oil on canvas. 51 x 42 cm

The plot for this picture was chosen under the impression of reading a humorous story that described the life of one poor aristocrat. Another name for the work is “Breakfast on the table”.

The picture depicts a young man who tastes food at the table. Before him lies a loaf of bread, on the table there is a table blue lamp. Under the table on a chic carpet is a wicker vase. The atmosphere in the room is magnificent, from it blows luxury. The interior is filled with various wonders. On the wall are paintings, a mirror and a candlestick. The soft, green chair on which the master sits carries royal splendor. On the next chair lies a newspaper with the inscription “Oysters”.

The young man is wearing a white shirt, a blue silk robe, wide red trousers and yellow slippers. There is a turban on his head, bar clothes. During the morning breakfast, something alarmed him and distracted him from food. He did not wait for guests in the morning. There was a confusion on a person’s face, he had not yet chewed his food and hid a piece of food behind his cheek. Aristocrat wants to have time to cover bread with a book. In the morning he already enjoyed wonderful literature.

There is no guest figure in the picture, only his frock coat and glove arm moving the curtain are visible. Apparently, in the morning he decided to visit a neighbor to talk about city news. The white poodle revolves at the entrance to the room, joyfully meeting it.

The canvas is written in dark gray tones, using green, red, raspberry and blue gamma. The brush master clearly distinguished contrasts in art work. He worked on it with great pleasure. The work was just colossal. Fedotov masterfully conveyed in his creation all the beauty of things and the material world.