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For Sunday's Dinner  1888

by William Harnett

Still-life painter William Michael Harnett excelled at trompe l’oeil, painting that fools the eye, through realistic depiction. In [i]For Sunday’s Dinner[/i], a chicken hangs in front of a painted door with its throat cut and most of its feathers plucked; a few remaining downy spots stand out against the puckered, pimpled flesh. The metal door hinges, on the right side of ...
94.3 × 53.6 cm (37 1/8 × 21 1/8 in.)
Oil on canvas
Courtesy of the Art Institute of Chicago