Happy #NationalCoffeeDay: Coffee in the Collection

In honor of National Coffee Day, check out a number of works that are centered around the cup o' joe. 

The Coffee Mill, 1916. Juan Gris (Spanish, 1887-1927), oil on canvas, Framed: 74.6 x 57.5 x 7 cm (29 5/16 x 22 5/8 x 2 3/4 in.); Unframed: 55 x 38 cm (21 5/8 x 14 15/16 in.). Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1980.8

A member of Picasso's intimate circle, Gris began painting austere Cubist compositions around 1910. After 1915, his compositions became more complex and his colors richer. This painting features a coffee mill, a bottle, and a wine glass on a table covered with a green cloth. The simulated wood-grain pattern on the coffee mill's base, perhaps inspired by Picasso's collage constructions, adds textural variety to this arrangement of fragmented and flattened geometric shapes.

The Woman taking Coffee, 1774. Louis-Marin Bonnet (French, 1736-1793), Color chalk-manner etching and engraving with applied gold-leaf, Sheet: 32.2 x 25 cm (12 5/8 x 9 13/16 in.); Image: 28.5 x 23.3 cm (11 3/16 x 9 1/8 in.). Carole W. and Charles B. Rosenblatt Endowment Fund 2003.49

In his quest to emulate fashionable drawings for display, Bonnet developed a method for printing gold frames. After preparing the paper with printed layers of lead white and a red adhesive compound called a mordant, Bonnet hand-applied gold leaf, on top of which he printed ornamental patterns. Because French regulations restricted the use of gold to certain artisans, like furniture builders, Bonnet disguised these prints as English imports. He sold them from a shop called Au Magasin Anglois (From the English Shop) and even advertised the fictional name “L. Marin” as the foreign inventor of the printed frames. For English speakers, however, the odd spelling “ta-King” in the inscription for The Woman Taking Coffee betrays Bonnet’s ruse.

Coffee and Tea Service, c. 1910. Louis Rorimer (American, 1872-1939), and Rokesley Shop (American), silver, moonstones, ebony, . Gift in memory of Louis Rorimer from his daughter, Louise Rorimer Dushkin and his granddaughter, Edie Soeiro 1991.314

This tea and coffee service was designed for production by the Rokesley Shop, a collaborative group working at Louis Rorimer’s studio. Reacting against industrial mass production, Rorimer emphasized inventive design in finely crafted objects.

Press Secretary to the First Lady Pam Turnure pouring coffee with another White House secretary, c. 1962. Jacques Lowe (American, 1930-2001), Gelatin silver print, Paper: 23.5 x 34.3 cm (9 1/4 x 13 1/2 in.). Gift of George Stephanopoulos 2015.306

Coffee, 1961. Joseph Hirsch (American, 1910-1981), Associated American Artists, lithograph, Sheet: 43.2 x 33.2 cm (17 x 13 1/16 in.); Image: 37 x 28 cm (14 9/16 x 11 in.). Bequest of Dr. Willard Steck 2008.139

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