Claude Monet is a 19th-century French impressionist artist; his paintings have been deservedly loved for several generations of people who know the value of real art. The painting “Lunch” was painted in 1869 in a manner typical of the artist to draw details, paying attention to absolutely every little thing, from the jug to the plates decorating the shelf above the fireplace.
The canvas that came out from under the artist’s brush turned out to be quite peaceful and ordinary, but from this no less beautiful and even original. The foreground of the picture is occupied by a family having dinner at a large round table - mother, father, adult son and small child, unclear boy, or hedgehog girl.
The faces of the main characters are illuminated by a large beautiful lamp, the light of which, however, is not enough to illuminate the corners of a large room, because the face of a maid approaching with a plate of food remains invisible to the viewer. The family dines decently and nobly, no one talks, everyone is terribly passionate about the process of absorbing food.
A hot fire burns in the fireplace, the glare of which casts a shadow on the people sitting at the table. The simplicity of this picture is amazing, ordinary people sit at a very ordinary meal, after a long day.
Since the maid is depicted in the picture, it can be assumed that the family has a certain wealth and weight in society, only a baby who is comfortable in a high chair behaves freely, while the rest adhere to the accepted rules of decency, which cannot be overlooked when examining in detail how a woman brings a spoon to the mouth, as a man sits with his back turned to the viewer directly.
At first glance, there is nothing remarkable in the picture, but this is the whole point - to portray what everyone is used to taking for everydayness in colors and put on display, which can be more wonderful.
Aivazovsky Sunset on the Sea