From art to food, from food to art
Contemporary Art | Iconography around food is a fertile theme in history, evidencing the primordial character of eating in societal evolution. Today, the borders between visual and culinary art have shrunk, without disappearing completely : visual arts explore the question of food consumption and the ritual of the meal while high gastronomy tends to elevate its creations to the realm of fine art and its chefs to the status of veritable artists.
Food, a sign of the times
Since antiquity, representations of food have consistently captured daily life through the symbolism of the meal, the mystical still life and naturalist descriptions… On the border between the sacred and the profane, the ritual of the meal has marked the imagination and characterized societies, from animists to the modern day : only a few hundred years separate Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper (1494) and Manet’s Luncheon on the Grass (1863). In the West, the various approaches to the still life reflect so many historical and philosophical differences : life permeates the anthropomorphic portraits of Arcimboldo, the naturalist rupture of Rembrant’s Cow Carcass, and Cezanne’s delicate studies of […]
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