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Food Sculpture

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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Hersk, Something to Suck 287, Sculpture

Hersk

Something to Suck 287, 2019
15 x 11.8 x 11.8 inch
Sculpture

$942

Laurence Jenkell, Wrapping BonBon Rouge, Sculpture

Laurence Jenkell

Wrapping BonBon Rouge, 2016
6.3 x 1.2 x 1.2 inch
Sculpture

$2,952

Patrick Salamone, Ice Lolly Bublles S.p N°196, Sculpture

Patrick Salamone

Ice Lolly Bublles S.p N°196, 2021
29.1 x 10.2 x 2.4 inch
Sculpture

$1,105

Jaromir Gargulak, Golden Walnut, Sculpture

Jaromir Gargulak

Golden Walnut, 2020
1.6 x 2 x 1.8 inch
Sculpture

$138

Otto Constantin, What happen on earth stays on earth, Sculpture

Otto Constantin

What happen on earth stays on earth, 2020
28.3 x 20.9 x 0.2 inch
Sculpture

$4,396

Virginia Benedicto, Ariane, Sculpture

Virginia Benedicto

Ariane, 2021
15.7 x 15.7 x 15.7 inch
Sculpture

$3,580

Our recommendations Invader, Space Waffle, Sculpture

Invader

Space Waffle, 2011
5.9 x 8.7 x 0.8 inch
Sculpture

$18,841

Betsy Enzensberger, Crystal Double Rainbow, Sculpture

Betsy Enzensberger

Crystal Double Rainbow, 2020
5 x 3 x 3 inch
Sculpture

$471

Giorgio Laveri, Cerise noire et or, Sculpture

Giorgio Laveri

Cerise noire et or, 2019
27.6 x 15.7 x 11.8 inch
Sculpture

$2,512

Li  Shigong, Golden Cabbage n°2, Sculpture

Li Shigong

Golden Cabbage n°2, 2014
8.7 x 5.1 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

$6,783

Mark Leputa, Devil's Bath, Sculpture

Mark Leputa

Devil's Bath, 2015
7.9 x 15.7 x 15.7 inch
Sculpture

$9,421

Séverine Bugna, Folie Douce, Sculpture

Séverine Bugna

Folie Douce, 2020
6.7 x 5.9 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

$377

Laura Soprani, Attrazione fatale, Sculpture

Laura Soprani

Attrazione fatale, 2016
86 x 35 x 35.4 inch
Sculpture

$18,000

Soyz Bank, Etiquette Petrus Pomerol 1969 Grand Vin, Sculpture

Soyz Bank

Etiquette Petrus Pomerol 1969 Grand Vin, 2020
35.4 x 28 x 0.1 inch
Sculpture

$9,169

Johanna Invrea, Mask, Sculpture

Johanna Invrea

Mask, 2019
17.7 x 8.7 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

$1,130

Mahelle, Macaron Hermès, Sculpture

Mahelle

Macaron Hermès, 2021
3.1 x 3.1 x 0.8 inch
Sculpture

$158 $176

Anna Barlow, I scream II, Sculpture

Anna Barlow

I scream II, 2018
13.8 x 13.8 x 1.2 inch
Sculpture

$1,231

Our recommendations Song Wei, Hamburger, Sculpture

Song Wei

Hamburger, 2017
9.1 x 9.1 x 9.1 inch
Sculpture

$7,536

Coarse, Meltdown- Anatomy, Sculpture

Coarse

Meltdown- Anatomy, 2019
12 x 12 x 16 inch
Sculpture

$2,000

Julio Alonso Yañez, Sans titre, Sculpture

Julio Alonso Yañez

Sans titre, 2018
13 x 7.1 x 5.5 inch
Sculpture

$471

Dae Jin Choi, Ramen, Sculpture

Dae Jin Choi

Ramen, 2012
22 x 23.6 x 11.8 inch
Sculpture

$3,768

Andreas, Poire, Sculpture

Andreas

Poire, 2015
15.4 x 9.1 x 9.1 inch
Sculpture

$15,073

Gautier Caille, L'or noir, éclate de caviar Dior, Sculpture

Gautier Caille

L'or noir, éclate de caviar Dior, 2021
19.7 x 19.7 x 0.8 inch
Sculpture

$3,015

Jinqing Chen, Apple Three, Sculpture

Jinqing Chen

Apple Three, 2018
31.1 x 20.9 x 15.7 inch
Sculpture

$10,000

Hersk, Something To Suck 359, Sculpture

Hersk

Something To Suck 359, 2021
15 x 11.8 x 11.8 inch
Sculpture

$942

Hersk, Something To Suck 358, Sculpture

Hersk

Something To Suck 358, 2021
15 x 11.8 x 11.8 inch
Sculpture

$942

Hersk, Something To Suck 357, Sculpture

Hersk

Something To Suck 357, 2021
24.4 x 9.8 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$816

Alquimiamc, White ice cream skull, Sculpture

Alquimiamc

White ice cream skull, 2020
23.6 x 15.7 x 18.9 inch
Sculpture

$15,000

Patrick Salamone, Ice Lolly Bublles N°189, Sculpture

Patrick Salamone

Ice Lolly Bublles N°189, 2021
30.7 x 9.8 x 2.6 inch
Sculpture

$1,105

Jaromir Gargulak, Golden Banana, Sculpture

Jaromir Gargulak

Golden Banana, 2020
1.4 x 5.9 x 1.4 inch
Sculpture

$239

Jaromir Gargulak, Golden Apple, Sculpture

Jaromir Gargulak

Golden Apple, 2020
3 x 2.4 x 2.4 inch
Sculpture

$226

Jaromir Gargulak, Golden Pear, Sculpture

Jaromir Gargulak

Golden Pear, 2020
5.1 x 3.5 x 3.5 inch
Sculpture

$276

Philippe Buil, Bouteille Champagne Kintsugi, Sculpture

Philippe Buil

Bouteille Champagne Kintsugi, 2019
11.8 x 3.9 x 3.1 inch
Sculpture

$942

S2Bart, Cerises Cartier, Sculpture

S2Bart

Cerises Cartier, 2020
15.7 x 14.2 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$1,256

Philippe Buil, Bouteille vin Givry, Sculpture

Philippe Buil

Bouteille vin Givry, 2019
13.8 x 6.3 x 4.7 inch
Sculpture

$942

Philippe Buil, Bouteille Poire, Sculpture

Philippe Buil

Bouteille Poire, 2019
18.9 x 6.3 x 3.1 inch
Sculpture

$942

Virginia Benedicto, Frida Apple, Sculpture

Virginia Benedicto

Frida Apple, 2021
11.8 x 13.8 x 11.8 inch
Sculpture

$2,826

Li Lihong, Apple China - ARGENT, Sculpture

Li Lihong

Apple China - ARGENT, 2013
7.1 x 6.3 x 6.3 inch
Sculpture

$1,130

Betsy Enzensberger, Dream Big Trio 2021, Sculpture

Betsy Enzensberger

Dream Big Trio 2021, 2021
5.1 x 11.8 x 44.5 inch
Sculpture

$899 $999

Lis Sam, Mickey and Minnie, Sculpture

Lis Sam

Mickey and Minnie, 2020
7.9 x 4.7 x 4.7 inch
Sculpture

$565

Betsy Enzensberger, Deep Sea Duo, Sculpture

Betsy Enzensberger

Deep Sea Duo, 2020
6 x 12 x 3 inch
Sculpture

$747

Betsy Enzensberger, Red & Magenta Glitter Popsicle, Sculpture

Betsy Enzensberger

Red & Magenta Glitter Popsicle, 2019
25 x 10 x 10 inch
Sculpture

$3,517

Zenoy, Pavé parisien grenat, Sculpture

Zenoy

Pavé parisien grenat, 2019
3.7 x 4.3 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$628

Betsy Enzensberger, Bloom 1, Sculpture

Betsy Enzensberger

Bloom 1, 2021
5 x 3 x 3 inch
Sculpture

$377

Betsy Enzensberger, Ultra Glam Trio, Sculpture

Betsy Enzensberger

Ultra Glam Trio, 2021
5.1 x 11.8 x 44.5 inch
Sculpture

$899 $999

Betsy Enzensberger, Floral Trio, Sculpture

Betsy Enzensberger

Floral Trio, 2021
5.1 x 11.8 x 44.5 inch
Sculpture

$899 $999

Betsy Enzensberger, Dazzle Me, Sculpture

Betsy Enzensberger

Dazzle Me, 2020
13 x 6 x 6 inch
Sculpture

$1,633

Betsy Enzensberger, Island Hopping, Sculpture

Betsy Enzensberger

Island Hopping, 2019
13 x 6 x 6 inch
Sculpture

$1,633

Betsy Enzensberger, Double Rainbow 3, Sculpture

Betsy Enzensberger

Double Rainbow 3, 2021
5 x 3 x 3 inch
Sculpture

$377

Betsy Enzensberger, Unicorn Dreams, Sculpture

Betsy Enzensberger

Unicorn Dreams, 2020
72 x 35 x 35 inch
Sculpture

$21,228

Betsy Enzensberger, Crystal Clear Popsicle (Special Series - Custom Order Only), Sculpture

Betsy Enzensberger

Crystal Clear Popsicle (Special Series - Custom Order Only), 2020
26 x 12.2 x 12.2 inch
Sculpture

$7,442

Betsy Enzensberger, Silver Glitter Bomb (Popsicle), Sculpture

Betsy Enzensberger

Silver Glitter Bomb (Popsicle), 2019
21.1 x 10 x 21.1 inch
Sculpture

$3,517

César Baldaccini, Expansion au pot à lait, Sculpture

César Baldaccini

Expansion au pot à lait, 1989
5.5 x 14.2 x 9.6 inch
Sculpture

$10,677

Jean Paul Kala, Bianca, Sculpture

Jean Paul Kala

Bianca, 2020
18.1 x 18.1 x 18.1 inch
Sculpture

$10,677

Koji Kasatani, Banana series 5, Sculpture

Koji Kasatani

Banana series 5, 2020
7.9 x 5.9 x 1.2 inch
Sculpture

$1,759

Koji Kasatani, Banana series 3, Sculpture

Koji Kasatani

Banana series 3, 2020
7.9 x 3.1 x 1.2 inch
Sculpture

$1,759

Vladas Kanciauskas, Apple | Sculpture Contemporaine, Sculpture

Vladas Kanciauskas

Apple | Sculpture Contemporaine, 2003
15.7 x 13.4 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$7,160

Li  Shigong, The big gold, Sculpture

Li Shigong

The big gold, 2014
23.6 x 19.7 x 15.7 inch
Sculpture

$13,566

Li  Shigong, The Golden Cabbage Collection, Sculpture

Li Shigong

The Golden Cabbage Collection, 2014
9.8 x 7.9 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$9,044

Stefan Ivanov, Object II from the series “Unpredictable Circumstances”, Sculpture

Stefan Ivanov

Object II from the series “Unpredictable Circumstances”, 2016
47.2 x 21.7 x 13.8 inch
Sculpture

$5,778

Julien Signolet, Koan, Sculpture

Julien Signolet

Koan, 2017
15.7 x 23.6 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

$7,536

Yaacov Agam, River Pebbel, Sculpture

Yaacov Agam

River Pebbel, 1970
6.7 x 4.9 x 5.3 inch
Sculpture

$2,387

Betsy Enzensberger, Its Raining Crystals, Sculpture

Betsy Enzensberger

Its Raining Crystals, 2020
5 x 3 x 1 inch
Sculpture

$345

Betsy Enzensberger, Magic Wand, Sculpture

Betsy Enzensberger

Magic Wand, 2020
5 x 3 x 1 inch
Sculpture

$345

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