An image of Breakfast piece

Herbert Badham

(Australia 24 Jul 1899 – 1961)

Breakfast piece

Other titles:
Breakfast
Location
Not on display
Further information

Studying under Julian Ashton, George W Lambert and Henry Gibbons at Ashton’s Sydney Art School, Herbert Badham received a traditional art training based on the primacy of draughtsmanship, to which he added a personal interest in perspective and design. Exemplifying this particular interest, 'Breakfast piece' is an arrangement of objects amongst which the artist has situated his wife. The painting’s tranquil morning mood, however, is counterpointed as the routine breakfast ‘props’ are juxtaposed with the newspaper headline announcing Mussolini’s invasion of Abyssinia.

Badham was one of a number of figurative painters in Sydney between the wars whose work typified an aspect of Sydney modernism that addressed contemporary subjects through predominantly English realist traditions.

Year
1936
Media
Painting
Medium
oil on hardboard
Dimensions
59.0 x 71.0 cm board; 71.0 x 83.3 x 4.5 cm frame
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.l. corner, red oil "H BADHAM ''36 ["HB" monogram]".
Credit
Purchased 1936
Accession number
6381
Copyright
© Estate of Herbert Badham