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Let's eat!

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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Philippe Huart, Crack, Print

Philippe Huart

Crack, 2010
31.5 x 31.5 x 1.6 inch


Our recommendations Mel Ramos, Candy II (Snickers), Sculpture

Mel Ramos

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


Troy Henriksen, Porte gauche, Painting

Troy Henriksen

Porte gauche, 2018
51.2 x 35 x 1 inch


Aranthell, 0,426 kg, Painting


0,426 kg, 2012
35.4 x 51.2 x 0.8 inch


Fernand Léger, Still life with glass, Painting

Fernand Léger

Still life with glass, 1924
12.6 x 10.6 inch


Scoli Acosta, Anatta Kitchen Confluence, Painting

Scoli Acosta

Anatta Kitchen Confluence, 2016
31.5 x 23.6 inch


Hossam Dirar, Open Happiness, Print

Hossam Dirar

Open Happiness, 2019
30 x 30 x 25 inch


Our recommendations Petros Chrisostomou, Wasted Youth (25 Ashbourne Ave), Photography

Petros Chrisostomou

Wasted Youth (25 Ashbourne Ave), 2008
39.4 x 31.5 x 2 inch


Diana Gran, #Lobster, Photography

Diana Gran

#Lobster, 2016
31.5 x 31.5 x 0.1 inch


Song Wei, Chinburger 1, Sculpture

Song Wei

Chinburger 1, 2014
7.9 x 7.1 x 7.9 inch


Dae Jin Choi, Ramen, Sculpture

Dae Jin Choi

Ramen, 2012
22 x 23.6 x 11.8 inch


Sabine Christmann, Zwei Dosen, Painting

Sabine Christmann

Zwei Dosen, 2016
9.8 x 9.8 x 1.2 inch


Doppeldenk, Eat Nucleon, Painting


Eat Nucleon, 2014
78.7 x 55.1 x 2 inch


Valérie Carmet, Girl'z Play Pez, Sculpture

Valérie Carmet

Girl'z Play Pez, 2016
35 x 13.4 x 4.3 inch


Hans Kristian Riise, Strawberry seller, Photography

Hans Kristian Riise

Strawberry seller, 2013
25.2 x 31.1 x 1.2 inch


David Ferreira, Miam-Miam, Painting

David Ferreira

Miam-Miam, 2018
31.5 x 31.5 x 0.8 inch


Alain Mimouni, Tableau - Sculpture Coca Cola Classic, Sculpture

Alain Mimouni

Tableau - Sculpture Coca Cola Classic, 2019
43.3 x 31.5 x 2.4 inch

$2,679 $2,977

JP Malot, Coke!, Sculpture

JP Malot

Coke!, 2018
15.7 x 15.7 x 1.2 inch

$735 $817

Tarek, Chicken Soup Campbell's, Painting


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


Rudyard Heaton, Fruits jaunes, Painting

Rudyard Heaton

Fruits jaunes, 2018
37.4 x 37.4 x 0.8 inch


Bernard Buffet, Le panier de fruits, Print

Bernard Buffet

Le panier de fruits, 1984
22.8 x 29.9 x 0.4 inch


Cécile Colombo, Pêche, Painting

Cécile Colombo

Pêche, 2016
57.5 x 35 x 0.8 inch


Philippe Huart, Paradise Circus, Painting

Philippe Huart

Paradise Circus, 2014
39.4 x 39.4 x 1.6 inch


Our recommendations Bernard Pras, 174. Bocuse, Photography

Bernard Pras

174. Bocuse, 2015
41.7 x 31.5 x 2 inch


Our recommendations Bernard Pras, Banania, Photography

Bernard Pras

Banania, 2014
38.2 x 31.9 x 2 inch


Zao Wou-Ki, La théière, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

La théière, 1952
15 x 22 inch


Aranthell, 1,992 kg, Painting


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


Joaquim Falcó, Fruits 4, Painting

Joaquim Falcó

Fruits 4, 2013
19.7 x 23.6 x 2 inch


Claire D., Chupa Chups, Painting

Claire D.

Chupa Chups, 2014
28.7 x 21.3 x 1.2 inch


Our recommendations Vincent Olinet, Printanière de fruits rouges, Sculpture

Vincent Olinet

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


Angie Brooksby, Miam Miam, Painting

Angie Brooksby

Miam Miam, 2014
23.6 x 23.6 x 1.2 inch


Frédéric Bruly Bouabré, Civilisation bête : Digbeu. Le mortier traditionnel, Drawing

Frédéric Bruly Bouabré

Civilisation bête : Digbeu. Le mortier traditionnel, 2007
9.1 x 5.9 inch


Our recommendations Karine Marenne, Art Maid, Galila et Stephen Sack, Galila B.H.’s kitchen, Photography

Karine Marenne

Art Maid, Galila et Stephen Sack, Galila B.H.’s kitchen, 2012
23.6 x 31.5 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


Walasse Ting, Sin titulo, Print

Walasse Ting

Sin titulo, 1986
22.8 x 30.7 inch


Safet Zec, Nature morte au pain, Painting

Safet Zec

Nature morte au pain, 2014
19.7 x 27.6 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


Laurina Paperina, Pizza Magritte, Drawing

Laurina Paperina

Pizza Magritte, 2017
11.8 x 11.8 x 0.8 inch


Mathieu Weiler, Hot dog, Drawing

Mathieu Weiler

Hot dog, 2015
19.7 x 19.7 x 1.2 inch


Mazel & Jalix, Duo de tomates, Sculpture

Mazel & Jalix

Duo de tomates, 2015
22.8 x 20.9 x 19.7 inch


Mazel & Jalix, Petit citron, Sculpture

Mazel & Jalix

Petit citron, 2016
14.2 x 6.7 x 9.4 inch


Mazel & Jalix, Petite poire, Sculpture

Mazel & Jalix

Petite poire, 2016
10.2 x 6.3 x 8.7 inch


Mazel & Jalix, Plateau de cerises, Sculpture

Mazel & Jalix

Plateau de cerises, 2017
27.6 x 19.7 x 17.7 inch


Ernesto Cánovas, AC/BC ( After coffe/Before coffe ), Painting

Ernesto Cánovas

AC/BC ( After coffe/Before coffe ), 2018
41.3 x 55.1 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


Jordi Pintó, Nouvelle couisine, Painting

Jordi Pintó

Nouvelle couisine, 2015
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


Teko van Kuyk, Pineapples on Wood, Painting

Teko van Kuyk

Pineapples on Wood, 2016
59.1 x 11.8 x 2 inch


Claude Flach, Vie silencieuse, Painting

Claude Flach

Vie silencieuse, 2016
31.5 x 23.6 x 1.2 inch


Patricio Cassinoni, Common People 11, Photography

Patricio Cassinoni

Common People 11, 2016
7.9 x 9.8 x 0.4 inch


Sabine Christmann, Bonbon Grün mit Weiss, Painting

Sabine Christmann

Bonbon Grün mit Weiss, 2014
2 x 3.9 x 1.6 inch


Nathalie Gradeler, Fraise 2, Photography

Nathalie Gradeler

Fraise 2, 2012
15.7 x 47.2 x 0.4 inch


Our recommendations Nathalie Gradeler, Fraise 1, Photography

Nathalie Gradeler

Fraise 1, 2012
15.7 x 47.2 x 0.4 inch


Juan Miguel Quinones, Burger, Sculpture

Juan Miguel Quinones

Burger, 2017
3.9 x 4.7 x 4.7 inch


Juan Miguel Quinones, Cupcakes, Sculpture

Juan Miguel Quinones

Cupcakes, 2017
4.7 x 8.7 x 5.9 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


Diana Gran, #Oyster, Photography

Diana Gran

#Oyster, 2016
31.5 x 31.5 x 0.8 inch


Le Silo, Libération #1, Photography

Le Silo

Libération #1, 2017
11.8 x 11.8 x 0.4 inch


Le Silo, Kitchen #4, Photography

Le Silo

Kitchen #4, 2015
11.8 x 11.8 x 0.1 inch


Our recommendations Bevan Ramsay, Meat #2, Painting

Bevan Ramsay

Meat #2, 2012
48 x 48 inch


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