Arts Everyday Living: Coffee, Anyone? The Universal Art of the Coffee Break

Leonard Defrance, Women Drinking Coffee, 1763, oil on canvas, Musee d’Ansembourg, Liege, Belgium


Coffee, anyone?  A 17th century woman drinking the always popular beverage from a saucer (a method of cooling it), a young girl of the early 1900s quietly enjoying a cup, along with a slice of bread, or the striking display of its accoutrements. Belgian Leonard Defrance (1735-1805) and Swiss Albert Anker (1831-1910) both immortalized the artistry of everyday life.


Albert Anker, Still Life with Coffee, 1877, oil on canvas, Private Collection?


Albert Anker, Girl Drinking Coffee, By 1910, oil on canvas, Private Collection


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