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Food and meals have fascinated artists for centuries. If some of them are interested in still lifes and vanitas artworks, many use food in order to criticise the over abundance that our consumerist society encourages. They create figurative art evoking food from fast food chains and supermarkets as well as the highly branded packaging. Artsper presents a selection that will delight your senses, discover famous foods and brands from our consumer society and traditional representations of food: a real artistic menu that will whet your appetite!

But before exploring our selection, why not take a few moments to explore the relationship that links art and food? Eating is a necessary activity for human survival and food plays an important role in our societies and cultures, so it’s not surprising that it is a popular subject in the history in art. In Western art, food has been used symbolically, for illustrating a theme and in order to allow artists to showcase their talent in portraying any subject realistically.

In Ancient Greece, artists represented banquets and feasts through painting and mosaics. In Ancient Egypt, drawings of food were found inside funeral chambers as Egyptians believed that due to magical properties, these drawings would provide the sustenance that the deceased needed in the afterlife. However, it was especially from the Renaissance onwards that food became a more recurrent theme. From the 17th century, especially in Holland, Spain and Italy, food became a separate theme and many still lifes focused solely on the subject. Painters depicted with an impressive level of realism and detail abundant displays of food which often included game, seafood, exotic citruses and grapes. Many such paintings have been interpreted as referring to the transient nature of luxury or the dangers of greed. By the end of the 19th century however, artists turned more to genre scenes and depicted food in more realistic settings. As the Realism movement flourished, they even depicted peasant meals.  

The arrival of consumerism in the mid 20th century disrupted the role of food in art. Food started to be carefully packaged and branded and it became a means of communication. Several food items such the Coca Cola bottle, the Campbell's canned food or the classic hamburger have reached the rank of icon. Artists often use such foods in their work to comment on and criticise the society around them.

In contemporary art, artists continue to depict foods in paintings but they also use it to create installations, performance art and photographs. Today there seem to be an infinite number of possibilities for food in art.

If you're looking for a painting for your kitchen, why not choose one that reflects the activities taking place in this oh-so-important room? The same goes for your dining room! On Artsper you’ll find a wide range of choice, from classical still lifes painted with impressive realism to pop art works and almost abstract ones that evoke food and meals only in passing. With our selection, you’re sure to find the work of art for you.

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Tarek, Chicken Soup Campbell's, Painting


Chicken Soup Campbell's, 2017
7.8 x 7.8 x 0.8 inch


Nathalie Roux, J'ai faim, Photography

Nathalie Roux

J'ai faim, 2017
35.4 x 23.6 x 1.2 inch


Teko van Kuyk, Pineapples on Wood, Painting

Teko van Kuyk

Pineapples on Wood, 2016
59.1 x 11.8 x 2 inch


Catherine Théry, Happy Meal_Clin d'oeil à Leonard de Vinci, Photography

Catherine Théry

Happy Meal_Clin d'oeil à Leonard de Vinci, 2015
25.6 x 51.2 inch


Mazel & Jalix, Plateau de cerises, Sculpture

Mazel & Jalix

Plateau de cerises, 2017
27.6 x 19.7 x 17.7 inch


Vincent Olinet, Printanière de fruits rouges, Sculpture

Vincent Olinet

Printanière de fruits rouges, 2016
12.2 x 9.1 x 9.4 inch


Joaquim Falcó, Fruits 4, Painting

Joaquim Falcó

Fruits 4, 2013
19.7 x 23.6 x 2 inch


Sarah Picon, Fruits et pichets noirs, Painting

Sarah Picon

Fruits et pichets noirs, 2017
19.7 x 19.7 x 0.8 inch


MR ONETEAS, Le dernier repas, Sculpture


Le dernier repas, 2015
47.2 x 47.2 x 1.2 inch


José Manuel Ciria, Carpeta de Marbella 91, Drawing

José Manuel Ciria

Carpeta de Marbella 91, 2016
15 x 11.2 inch


Roger Courtois, Les fruits de la passion, Painting

Roger Courtois

Les fruits de la passion, 2000
21.3 x 25.6 x 0.8 inch


Dae Jin Choi, Ramen, Sculpture

Dae Jin Choi

Ramen, 2012
22 x 23.6 x 11.8 inch


Safet Zec, Nature morte au pain, Painting

Safet Zec

Nature morte au pain, 2014
19.7 x 27.6 x 0.8 inch


Le Silo, Libération #1, Photography

Le Silo

Libération #1, 2017
11.8 x 11.8 x 0.4 inch


Song Wei, Hamburger, Sculpture

Song Wei

Hamburger, 2017
9.1 x 9.1 x 9.1 inch


Jordi Pintó, Nouvelle couisine, Painting

Jordi Pintó

Nouvelle couisine, 2015
11.8 x 11.8 inch


Laurina Paperina, Pizza Magritte, Drawing

Laurina Paperina

Pizza Magritte, 2017
11.8 x 11.8 x 0.8 inch


Thirsty Bstrd, Fast Food Monkey Starbucks, Print

Thirsty Bstrd

Fast Food Monkey Starbucks, 2017
33.1 x 25.2 x 1.2 inch


Philippe Huart, Crack, Print

Philippe Huart

Crack, 2010
31.5 x 31.5 x 1.6 inch


Mel Ramos, Candy II (Snickers), Sculpture

Mel Ramos

Candy II (Snickers), 2014
30 x 22 x 3 inch


Mazel & Jalix, Petit citron, Sculpture

Mazel & Jalix

Petit citron, 2016
14.2 x 6.7 x 9.4 inch


Patricio Cassinoni, Common People 11, Photography

Patricio Cassinoni

Common People 11, 2016
7.9 x 9.8 x 0.4 inch


Mazel & Jalix, Petite poire, Sculpture

Mazel & Jalix

Petite poire, 2016
10.2 x 6.3 x 8.7 inch


Dominique Rayou, Under the Skin, Sculpture

Dominique Rayou

Under the Skin, 2015
31.1 x 11.8 x 11.8 inch


Teko van Kuyk, Pineapple Pink & Black 3/4, Painting

Teko van Kuyk

Pineapple Pink & Black 3/4, 2016
19.7 x 13.8 x 0.8 inch


Bernard Pras, Banania, Photography

Bernard Pras

Banania, 2014
38.2 x 31.9 x 2 inch


Mazel & Jalix, Duo de tomates, Sculpture

Mazel & Jalix

Duo de tomates, 2015
22.8 x 20.9 x 19.7 inch


Philippe Huart, Paradise Circus, Painting

Philippe Huart

Paradise Circus, 2014
39.4 x 39.4 x 1.6 inch


Angie Brooksby, Miam Miam, Painting

Angie Brooksby

Miam Miam, 2014
23.6 x 23.6 x 1.2 inch


Theo Haggai, Untitled , Drawing

Theo Haggai

Untitled , 2015
11 x 7.9 x 0.4 inch


Clémence Veilhan, Chewing Girls - Hélène, Photography

Clémence Veilhan

Chewing Girls - Hélène, 2008
11.8 x 7.9 inch


Antoine Mercusot, Fish and Kraft, Photography

Antoine Mercusot

Fish and Kraft, 2014
15.7 x 23.6 x 0.8 inch


Mel Ramos, The pause that refreshes #2 (Cola drinking glass), Print

Mel Ramos

The pause that refreshes #2 (Cola drinking glass), 2005
34.6 x 22.8 inch


Claire D., Chupa Chups, Painting

Claire D.

Chupa Chups, 2014
28.7 x 21.3 x 1.2 inch


Mel Ramos, Dunkin`Donuts, Print

Mel Ramos

Dunkin`Donuts, 2006
48 x 32.7 inch


Mel Ramos, Toblerone Tess, Print

Mel Ramos

Toblerone Tess, 2007
30.3 x 44.5 inch


Walasse Ting, Woman Eating Watermelon, Painting

Walasse Ting

Woman Eating Watermelon, 1984
36 x 46 x 1 inch


Claudia Malaguti, Eat Me, Sculpture

Claudia Malaguti

Eat Me, 2010
12.6 x 8.7 x 11.4 inch


David Terrazzano, La Mal Bouffe, Painting

David Terrazzano

La Mal Bouffe, 2013
23.6 x 31.5 x 1.6 inch


Mathieu Weiler, Hot dog, Drawing

Mathieu Weiler

Hot dog, 2015
19.7 x 19.7 x 1.2 inch


Maria Torp, The Diner, Print

Maria Torp

The Diner, 2013
21.7 x 16.9 inch


Doppeldenk, Eat Nucleon, Painting


Eat Nucleon, 2014
78.7 x 55.1 x 2 inch


Aranthell, 1,992 kg, Painting


1,992 kg, 2014
28.7 x 36.2 x 0.8 inch


Hans Kristian Riise, Strawberry seller, Photography

Hans Kristian Riise

Strawberry seller, 2013
25.2 x 31.1 x 1.2 inch