The Diners (Les Soupeurs)
The Diners (Les Soupeurs), 1901
Oil on cardboard
47.3 x 62.4 cm (18 5/8 x 24 9/16 inches)
Bequest of George Pierce Metcalf 57.237
Pablo Picasso painted scenes of cafe society in Madrid and Barcelona before returning to France in the spring of r9or. Once back in Paris, he quickly adapted the techniques of his contemporaries to his constantly emerging personal style. Henri Toulouse-Lautrec’s raucous characterizations, of dancehall women and Edouard Vuillard’s fluid decorative surfaces are recalled in this observant rendering of an elder gentleman and his solicitous companion. The woman’s exuberant appearance contrasts with her partner’s sober reflection as they partake of an after-theater meal of fruit and champagne. Picasso juxtaposed the narrative of the pair’s intensely mismatched engagement with the still life of the lightly set table. A patterned robe, cropped at upper right, emphasizes the fleeting nature of this typical impression of nocturnal Paris.
European Paintings and Sculpture, ca. 1770 - 1937
Edited BySlimmon, Ann H, and Judith A. Singsen, eds.
Contributions byRosenfeld, Daniel, et al
Publisher & DateMuseum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, 1991
TypeMonographs and CollectionsSelected Works
Edited ByWoolsey, Ann, ed.
Publisher & DateMuseum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, 2008
TypeMonographs and CollectionsA Handbook of the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design
Edited ByWoodward, Carla M., and Franklin W. Robinson, eds.
Publisher & DateMuseum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, 1988
TypeMonographs and CollectionsExchange Exhibition, Exhibition ExchangeFrom the Collection of Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University; From the Collection of The Museum of Art, Rhode
Contributions byMuseum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design.
Publisher & DateMuseum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design. Waltham, MA: Rose Art Museum, Brandesi University., 1967