Arts Everyday Living: An Artist’s Palate & The Art of Food–Eat, Drink, & Be Merry

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Just a few more offerings remain on the menu including a picnic, a loaf of bread, a champagne lunch, afternoon tea, and a market fruit stand.

 Seating themselves on the greensward, they eat while the corks fly and there is talk, laughter, and merriment and perfect freedom, for the universe is their drawing room and the sun is their lamp.  They have appetite, Nature’s special gift, which lends to such a meal a vivacity unknown indoors, however beautiful the surroundings.

Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin


All sorrows are less with bread.

Miguel de Cervantes


Albert Anker, LIttle Red Riding Hood, 1883, oil on canvas, location not given

 Fools make feasts and wise men eat them.

Ben Franklin

Ben Franklin

John F. Francis, Luncheon, Still Life, c. 1860, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.

There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.

 Henry James


Jean-Etienne Liotard, Still Life, Tea Set, 1781-1783, oil on canvas mounted on board, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, California

To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art.

Francois de La Rochefoucauld


Gustave Caillebotte, Fruit Displayed on a Stand, c. 1881-1882, oil on canvas, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts

James Tissot (1836-1902), French, popular genre painter, focusing on stylish women; Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, French,18th century writer on food.

Albert Anker (1831-1910), Swiss, considered national artist, admired for his depictions of village life; Miguel de Cervantes, Spanish, writer of the Golden Age.

John F. Francis (1808-1886), American, still life expert, worked in Philadelphia; Ben Franklin, American, founding father and leader of American Revolution.

Jean-Etienne Liotard (1702-1789), Swiss, primarily known for his pastel portraits, traveled extensively; Henry James, American, 19th century novelist especially of his countrymen on U.S. East coast and in Europe.

Gustave Caillebotte (1848-1894), French, member of the Impressionist circle, unique views of Paris interiors and exteriors; Francois de La Rouchefoucauld, French, 17th century author, renowned for maxims or truths about life.

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