Friday, 27 August 2010

Kitchen Sink

In painting a breakfast table, John Bratby captures a mood and tells a story. The table has just been left, possibly by a busy family. All the utensils are white and simplified. They strike me as stiff and colourless, maybe hinting at stressful nine to five days. The object that dominates the picture surprisingly is the table. A wonderful piece of organic wood, sprawling and colourful, and in it the only hint at the people who was just here having breakfast. A smiling face scratched in the surface. Maybe a clue to stop taking life so seriously and enjoy nature and the moment?

John Bratby - Table Top
©The Bridgeman Art Library - London, New York, Paris.

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