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, through realistic depiction, fools the eye. In For Sunday’s Dinner, a rooster hangs illusionistically in front of a painted door with its throat cut and most of its feathers plucked—a few downy spots remain, contrasting with its puckered, pimpled flesh. The metal door hinges, on the right side of the canvas, frame the rooster and echo his form. The painting’s title and the rough, blemished surface of the door suggest a country dinner rather than sophisticated urban fare; the unpolished, homey meal nostalgically hints at a simpler past.

On View

American Art, Gallery 171

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

Extended information about this artwork

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