SSL: Food in Art

27 Oct

You know from this blog that I love food and travel, but I’m also a mixed-media painter (some paintings are on my website). My current artwork is often abstract, colorful, and what you might label ‘modern’, but my foundation is in traditional techniques, including drawings from life, such as this one:

Still Life Drawing by Liz Looker

For a true glimpse into history, I love discovering paintings of food: these images provide a fascinating look into culture and events of the past. Images below are from the Web Gallery of Art, which features an extensive collection of European art from the 11th to 19th centuries.

Joachim Beuckelaer's painting Market Woman with Fruit, Vegetables and Poultry

Joachim Beuckelaer
Market Woman with Fruit, Vegetables and Poultry
1564
Oil on oak, 118 x 171 cm

The cascade of fresh produce in this piece is fun and makes me want to visit the farmers market.

BOELEMA DE STOMME, Maerten Still-Life with a Bearded Man Crock and a Nautilus Shell Cup 1642-44 Oil on wood, 73 x 96 cm

Maerten Boelema De Stomme
Still-Life with a Bearded Man Crock and a Nautilus Shell Cup
1642-44
Oil on wood, 73 x 96 cm

I have no idea what a bearded man crock is, but the detail in this piece is amazing and the bread reminds me of delicious Mexican bolillo.

BRAY, Joseph de Still-Life in Praise of the Pickled Herring 1656 Oil on oak, 57 x 48,5 cm

Joseph de Bray
Still-Life in Praise of the Pickled Herring
1656
Oil on oak, 57 x 48,5 cm

A painting ‘in praise of the pickled herring’. My kind of dedication. I can eat pickled herring as a meal.

MELÉNDEZ, Luis Still-Life with Melon and Pears c. 1770 Oil on canvas

Luis Melendez
Still-Life with Melon and Pears
c. 1770
Oil on canvas

This Melendez painting is in the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, so if you’re in the area, you can check it out in person!

Hope you’re having a great weekend and don’t forget to check out the 17th Annual Boston Vegetarian Food Festival today (Saturday, 11am-6pm) and tomorrow (Sunday, 10am-4pm). I went last year (see my recap and photos) and had a fantastic time. Lots of free food and new products/companies to discover!

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One Response to “SSL: Food in Art”

  1. agentcikay October 29, 2012 at 5:33 am #

    what beautiful paintings.. which I could paint like that!

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