Here is a twee collection of paintings by various Russian artists picturing break fast time in Russia of different periods, from 1918 through out to late 1970s. It provides some insights into an every day life of simple people and their meals on the go, before work, very low key and casual.
Just like many, Russians liked their eggs, bread and sausages — a hearty start of the day. The brass item pictured is samovar — a metal water boiler which has been around for centuries. These samovars have always been popular as part of tea making process — even nowadays you can find a modernized version of one in almost every house. It is also a popular wed ding gift and a traditional Russian souvenir, as it symbolizes hospitality and quality family time.
- Still life: bread, eggs and a teapot; by Nicholas Kalmykov. 1958.
Appar ently there is a concept of Russian Tea that exists in the West: strongly brewed black tea with a wheel of lemon and generous amounts of sugar. This sweet and sour concoction is indeed popular in Russia, how ever, nobody calls it “Russian tea”. Just tea with lemon.
In summer there were healthier alternatives available: freshly picked strawberries and cream in a jug would be enjoyed just like any where else in the world. Please note the fine lace of the table cloth — very popular in Russia of all times.
Another country life illustration; please note a slighly different shape of the samovar. Also — bagels, extremely popular Russian wheat snack. Sugar cubes, a frequent substitute for regular sugar, which was hard to buy at times. A traditional tea glass, with an iron glass holder, an icon of those times and a well sought after collectible item now.
Another model of samovar and a more com mon break fast alto gether: eggs, but ter, bread.
To fin ish off, a few paint ings which do not exactly pic ture break fast times, but still appear very Russ ian and full of ambience.
Alcohol-inspired paint ings tend to have lots of zest for life, too.