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By Framd | 03 April 2019

Art For The Food And Wine Lover

For those who love to sample different food and wine, who savour the tastes and the smells, who admire what the dish looks like when it is served, even when it is cut into, finding a gift that they can enjoy just as much, yet keep forever (unlike a plate of food or glass of wine, no matter how good it might be) can be a difficult task.
Art, however could be the answer.

Wayne Thiebaud (b. 1920) Cake Rows

Wayne Thiebaud (b. 1920) Cake Rows
There is a certain sensuality that comes with loving food and wine, and this sensuality can also be used to enjoy art – to feel what the artist wanted you to feel, and to find deeper meaning in every canvas. The food lover in your life may not be able to eat their art with their mouths, but they can consume it with their eyes, their hearts, and their minds, and that is something extraordinary. So just what art could you give them?


Cakes by Wayne Thiebaud (1963)

Noted by some as the very first ‘pop artist’, Wayne Thiebaud’s Cakes was about mixing the everyday with the special. We might pass by a baker’s window on our way to work, casually gazing at the cakes in the window. Or we might step into a café for a cup of tea and wonder whether we might also have a slice of Victoria sponge or red velvet cake. Yet most of the time we never do. They tempt us, they look wonderful, but we only really let ourselves go and enjoy on rare occasions – we are holding ourselves back. This metaphor for life is a stark one, and the painting is stunning.


Untitled (Three Ice Creams)
Wayne Thiebaud, “Untitled (Three Ice Creams)” (1964)
Artwork by the Kent based artist Angelo Pizzagallo


Peasant Wedding Feast by Pieter Bruegel (1556)

It is said that Renaissance painter Bruegel used to disguise himself as a peasant and sneak into events so that he could observe what was happening. He was different from his contemporaries in that he was mainly interested in what the ‘common people’ were doing, not the nobility, and therefore his art has a much more real feeling to it. Peasant Wedding Feast is a superb example of his ability to tell a story through his art – just what is happening? Who are these people? What are they talking about? What are they eating?


Peasant Wedding
Peasant Wedding Feast (c.1567) by Pieter Bruegel the Elder


Freedom From Want by Norman Rockwell (1943)

What a feast! Or is it? There are two sides to every story, and in this famous work of art by American painter Norman Rockwell, what you see may well depend – at least at the time it was painted – on what side of the Atlantic you lived in. For the British who were still in the throes of World War II and the rationing that went with it, this was a showy image of the all-American family; they had plenty of food, they had nothing to worry about. For the Americans, though, it showed the problems associated with the war; there may be a big turkey, but they side dishes are small and minimal (there is celery on the table, for example), and the family are drinking water, not soda or even wine. Is Free From Want, then, a serious or ironic title?


Freedom From Want

Freedom From Want by Norman Rockwell (1943)




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