Thinking of giving art for Christmas? Explore our gift guide

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.

Read more
Share this theme

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

Mel Ramos

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

$50,000

In time for Christmas
Fernand Léger, Still life with glass, Painting

Fernand Léger

Still life with glass, 1924
12.6 x 10.6 inch
Painting

$276,468

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
Photography

$4,377

Dae Jin Choi, Ramen, Sculpture

Dae Jin Choi

Ramen, 2012
22 x 23.6 x 11.8 inch
Sculpture

$3,456

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
Photography

$5,184

In time for Christmas
Song Wei, Chinburger 1, Sculpture

Song Wei

Chinburger 1, 2014
7.9 x 7.1 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$5,760

Diana Gran, #Lobster, Photography

Diana Gran

#Lobster, 2016
31.5 x 31.5 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$2,189

Doppeldenk, Eat Nucleon, Painting

Doppeldenk

Eat Nucleon, 2014
78.7 x 55.1 x 2 inch
Painting

$9,792

In time for Christmas
Nathalie Gradeler, Fraise 2, Photography

Nathalie Gradeler

Fraise 2, 2012
15.7 x 47.2 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$1,613

Sabine Christmann, Zwei Dosen, Painting

Sabine Christmann

Zwei Dosen, 2016
9.8 x 9.8 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$2,534

Valérie Carmet, Girl'z Play Pez, Sculpture

Valérie Carmet

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

$4,608

Hans Kristian Riise, Strawberry seller, Photography

Hans Kristian Riise

Strawberry seller, 2013
25.2 x 31.1 x 1.2 inch
Photography

$2,304

David Ferreira, Miam-Miam, Painting

David Ferreira

Miam-Miam, 2018
31.5 x 31.5 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$2,074

Tarek, Chicken Soup Campbell's, Painting

Tarek

Chicken Soup Campbell's, 2017
7.9 x 7.9 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$150

In time for Christmas
Philippe Huart, Crack, Print

Philippe Huart

Crack, 2010
31.5 x 31.5 x 1.6 inch
Print

$1,613

In time for Christmas
Philippe Huart, Paradise Circus, Painting

Philippe Huart

Paradise Circus, 2014
39.4 x 39.4 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$9,216

Cécile Colombo, Pêche, Painting

Cécile Colombo

Pêche, 2016
57.5 x 35 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$3,225

In time for Christmas
JP Malot, Coke!, Sculpture

JP Malot

Coke!, 2018
15.7 x 15.7 x 1.2 inch
Sculpture

$691

In time for Christmas
Angie Brooksby, Miam Miam, Painting

Angie Brooksby

Miam Miam, 2014
23.6 x 23.6 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$1,106

Our recommendations Bernard Pras, 174. Bocuse, Photography

Bernard Pras

174. Bocuse, 2015
41.7 x 31.5 x 2 inch
Photography

$5,760

In time for Christmas
Zao Wou-Ki, La théière, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

La théière, 1952
15 x 22 inch
Print

$10,944

Our recommendations
In time for Christmas
Bernard Pras, Banania, Photography

Bernard Pras

Banania, 2014
38.2 x 31.9 x 2 inch
Photography

$5,760

Joaquim Falcó, Fruits 4, Painting

Joaquim Falcó

Fruits 4, 2013
19.7 x 23.6 x 2 inch
Painting

$1,037

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
Drawing

$922

In time for Christmas
Claire D., Chupa Chups, Painting

Claire D.

Chupa Chups, 2014
28.7 x 21.3 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$1,152

In time for Christmas
Aranthell, 0,426 kg, Painting

Aranthell

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

$4,493

In time for Christmas
Aranthell, 1,992 kg, Painting

Aranthell

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

$3,801

Mazel & Jalix, Duo de tomates, Sculpture

Mazel & Jalix

Duo de tomates, 2015
22.8 x 20.9 x 19.7 inch
Sculpture

$12,095

Mazel & Jalix, Plateau de cerises, Sculpture

Mazel & Jalix

Plateau de cerises, 2017
27.6 x 19.7 x 17.7 inch
Sculpture

$16,127

Mazel & Jalix, Petit citron, Sculpture

Mazel & Jalix

Petit citron, 2016
14.2 x 6.7 x 9.4 inch
Sculpture

$4,838

Mazel & Jalix, Petite poire, Sculpture

Mazel & Jalix

Petite poire, 2016
10.2 x 6.3 x 8.7 inch
Sculpture

$4,032

Nathalie Roux, J'ai faim, Photography

Nathalie Roux

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

$415

Mathieu Weiler, Hot dog, Drawing

Mathieu Weiler

Hot dog, 2015
19.7 x 19.7 x 1.2 inch
Drawing

$1,382

In time for Christmas
Laurina Paperina, Pizza Magritte, Drawing

Laurina Paperina

Pizza Magritte, 2017
11.8 x 11.8 x 0.8 inch
Drawing

$1,555

In time for Christmas
Patricio Cassinoni, Common People 11, Photography

Patricio Cassinoni

Common People 11, 2016
7.9 x 9.8 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$173

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
Photography

$1,843

José Manuel Ciria, Carpeta de Marbella 91, Drawing

José Manuel Ciria

Carpeta de Marbella 91, 2016
15 x 11.2 inch
Drawing

$6,912

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
Painting

$31,103

Le Silo, Libération #1, Photography

Le Silo

Libération #1, 2017
11.8 x 11.8 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$288

Claude Flach, Vie silencieuse, Painting

Claude Flach

Vie silencieuse, 2016
31.5 x 23.6 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$2,765

In time for Christmas
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
Painting

$207

Diana Gran, #Oyster, Photography

Diana Gran

#Oyster, 2016
31.5 x 31.5 x 0.8 inch
Photography

$1,498

In time for Christmas
Teko van Kuyk, Pineapples on Wood, Painting

Teko van Kuyk

Pineapples on Wood, 2016
59.1 x 11.8 x 2 inch
Painting

$576

Walasse Ting, Sin titulo, Print

Walasse Ting

Sin titulo, 1986
22.8 x 30.7 inch
Print

$1,883

Our recommendations Song Wei, Hamburger, Sculpture

Song Wei

Hamburger, 2017
9.1 x 9.1 x 9.1 inch
Sculpture

$6,912

Le Silo, Kitchen #4, Photography

Le Silo

Kitchen #4, 2015
11.8 x 11.8 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$288

Our recommendations Bevan Ramsay, Meat #2, Painting

Bevan Ramsay

Meat #2, 2012
48 x 48 inch
Painting

$4,400

Claudia Malaguti, Eat Me, Sculpture

Claudia Malaguti

Eat Me, 2010
12.6 x 8.7 x 11.4 inch
Sculpture

$1,382

Our recommendations
In time for Christmas
Nathalie Gradeler, Fraise 1, Photography

Nathalie Gradeler

Fraise 1, 2012
15.7 x 47.2 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$1,613

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
Painting

$1,901

Clémence Veilhan, Chewing Girls - Hélène, Photography

Clémence Veilhan

Chewing Girls - Hélène, 2008
11.8 x 7.9 inch
Photography

$691

Hersk, Something to Suck Medium 239, Sculpture

Hersk

Something to Suck Medium 239, 2018
24.4 x 9.8 x 2 inch
Sculpture

Sold out

Paul Picka, Little Cup Cake, Painting

Paul Picka

Little Cup Cake, 2015
15.7 x 15.7 x 0.8 inch
Painting

Sold out

Rudyard Heaton, Fruits jaunes, Painting

Rudyard Heaton

Fruits jaunes, 2018
37.4 x 37.4 x 0.8 inch
Painting

Sold out

Claude Venard, L'oeuf à la mappemonde, Painting

Claude Venard

L'oeuf à la mappemonde, 1960
46.9 x 57.5 x 2 inch
Painting

Sold out

Maria Torp, The Diner, Print

Maria Torp

The Diner, 2013
21.7 x 16.9 inch
Print

Sold out

José Salvaggio, Nature morte, Painting

José Salvaggio

Nature morte, 2014
8.7 x 10.6 x 0.4 inch
Painting

Sold out

Edward Dwurnik, Knurow (A town), Painting

Edward Dwurnik

Knurow (A town), 2015
18.1 x 11 x 0.8 inch
Painting

Sold out

Sabine Christmann, Bonbon Grün mit Weiss, Painting

Sabine Christmann

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

Sold out

Antoine Mercusot, Fish and Kraft, Photography

Antoine Mercusot

Fish and Kraft, 2014
15.7 x 23.6 x 0.8 inch
Photography

Sold out

  • Similar thematics