For Sunday's Dinner

A work made of oil on canvas.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.

Date:

1888

Artist:

William Michael Harnett
American, born Ireland, 1848–1892

About this artwork

Still-life painter William Michael Harnett excelled at trompe l’oeil, painting that fools the eye, through realistic depiction. In For Sunday’s Dinner, a chicken hangs in front of a painted door with its throat cut and most of its feathers plucked; a few remaining downy spots stand out against the puckered, pimpled flesh. The metal door hinges, on the right side of the canvas, frame the chicken and echo its form. The painting’s title and the rough, blemished surface of the door suggest a country dinner, the homey meal evoking nostalgia for a simpler past.

On View

American Art, Gallery 173

Artist

William Michael Harnett

Title

For Sunday's Dinner

Origin

United States

Date

1888

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

Signed, lower left: "Harnett/1888"

Dimensions

94.3 × 53.6 cm (37 1/8 × 21 1/8 in.)

Credit Line

Wilson L. Mead Fund

Reference Number

1958.296

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