Feasts for the Eyes | Artists Network


For the Thanksgiving holiday, we have selected the best cornucopias of colors and tasteful textures for the most discerning palates. Arranged by 3 things of a feast — Substances, the Desk, and Group — this tasteful variety of paintings about foodstuff will get your imaginative juices flowing. We could have accomplished 1 portray for each and every theme, but why halt there? We have served up further helpings for a whole of a few for each. ‘Tis the year for indulgence! Whet your hunger with these sumptuous selections.


Mound of Butter by Antoine Vollon

Vollon was identified for paintings of food items, and this just one of a mound of butter seems to presage the upcoming in that it appears to be like components of it could have been painted by — properly — a butter knife. That would have been completely apt for the subject matter. Nonetheless, other portions of the painting still seize a terrific sum of depth, this sort of as the eggs and the texture of the wooden. This creamy concoction would complement any table.

Apples and Oranges by Paul Cézanne

The Musée d’Orsay phone calls this “the most essential nonetheless everyday living developed by [the] artist in the late 1890s,” and it is uncomplicated to see why. This painting is most recognized for its equilibrium and framework. The shades of the apples and oranges liven up the dishes, and the textures of the fruit, the history drapery, and the floral visuals on the pitcher make for a composition that rolls efficiently throughout the palate.

La Raie by Jean Baptiste Siméon Chardin

Chardin was known for using every day topics and generating them shine. Like a pairing of fig jam and a fine cheese, this painting reveals that a fantastic work is much additional than the sum of its sections. A well-properly trained chef can do the job with what ever elements are on hand, and below Chardin served up seemingly disparate things — a bottle, a frightened cat, oysters, and a butchered manta ray — in a really daring and well balanced way.

The Desk

Laid Desk with Cheese and Fruit by Floris Claesz van Dijck

Why settle for just a cheese plate when you can fill the entire desk? This composition is just delectable. Higher notes of pale blue cheese, apple, and lace make up the foreground, the earthy tones of bread and cheese variety a foundation in the middle, and the deep bass notes of black shore up the background. A trace of grape was added for equilibrium.

Even now Lifetime with Ham, Lobster, and Fruit by Jan Davidsz. de Heem

The colors of the lobster, prawn, and apple are the stars of this luscious distribute, and the ravishing interest to depth helps make the crisp accents of apple and pear genuinely pop. Add some fatty ham and grapes for harmony, and this piece smacks of abundance.

A Desk of Desserts by Jan Davidz. de Heem

This fashion of portray was identified for its opulence, and below the artist spared no expense even in dimension: the piece actions almost 7 ft throughout. It is only fitting that a painting of a table be the dimensions of 1, and the composition and the feeling of texture are both fairly sweet.

The Potato Eaters by Vincent van Gogh

The food itself is everything but ornate, and it can take a backseat to the feeling of neighborhood, which is the backbone of any satisfying holiday feast. Van Gogh masterfully renders it listed here with the visual metaphor of the light-weight of one lamp that hangs over the middle of the table. The muted tones mirror the understated character of the dish.

The Peasant Marriage by Pieter Bruegel the Elder

Mix one section nuptials, 1 element tunes, one particular component dinner, and just one element wine. Shake festively and pour. Such appears to have been the recipe for this marriage. The color white is appropriately sprinkled all over the festivities to bring balance and perspective.

The Marriage at Cana by Paolo Veronese

This is a person feast for the eyes that looks to have something for absolutely everyone — or maybe just anyone. In this depiction of Jesus turning h2o into wine, the sizing of the crowd signified wealth and ability, which had been also imparted on the dishes as properly.