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Artist
Alfred Smith
Title
Le déjeuner sous les bois
Date
1903
Medium
oil on canvas
Dimensions
Canvas: 47 1/2 × 59 1/2 inches (120.7 × 151.1 cm)Framed: 48 1/2 × 60 1/2 × 1 1/2 inches (123.2 × 153.7 × 3.8 cm)
Tags
Painting
Credit Line
Museum purchase wtih funds provided by George J. Baldwin, Alexander R. Lawton, William W. Mackall, and J. Florance Minis.
Accession Number
1907.3.1
This painting by Alfred Smith portrays an older gentleman seated outdoors at an informal wooden table covered with a white cloth and laden with jugs and glasses. He stirs his coffee while offering the remains of his luncheon to a chicken below. Sunlight filters through the trees, forming bright pools on the grass and tablecloth. This pleasant portrayal of a gentleman at leisure, incorporating fleeting effects of sunlight, vivid color, and loose brushwork, is characteristic of the subject matter for which the artist is best known.