Clarence Gagnon

The Frugal Meal

c. 1906
Although Gagnon is best known for his landscapes, in poor weather he painted interior scenes. Following the tradition of the Dutch Golden Age, the artist captures a close-up view of an older man cutting bread for his modest meal. While the figure fills the canvas, the emphasis is on his hands – the same hands that toiled upon the land during the day. Gagnon served as president of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts from 1918 to 1922.
Title
The Frugal Meal
Date
c. 1906
Medium
Painting
Materials
oil on canvas
Dimensions
61.1 x 46.2 cm
Nationality
Canadian
Credit line
Purchased 1948
Accession number
4885

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