On our recent visit to the St.Louis Art Museum, two paintings of food particularly impressed me. The first is "Banquet Scene with a Lute Player" by Nicolas Tournier (1590–1639). It depicts a variety of food on a dining table where several men and a woman are eating. One of the men is shown in the act of drinking from a wine glass. Documentation about the painting suggests that the woman is a courtesan, entertaining the men.
|A closeup of the food in the Banquet Scene -- little roast birds with their heads and feet still on; bread, and something served|
in slices -- maybe some sort of sausage? (Source of images: St. Louis Art Museum.)
|Celery in a Still Life. (Source: St. Louis Art Museum)|
The second painting that seemed to me to depict an unusual choice of food was "Still Life with Chianti Bottle and Celery" by Max Beckmann (1884–1950). I can't remember any still life that I've seen in the past including celery!
Beckmann, one of the most admired of the early-twentieth-century German painters, has a special relationship to St.Louis and the Art Museum, which owns the largest collection of his works in existence. From 1948 until his death in 1950, Beckmann lived in St.Louis and taught at the art school of Washington University. A very rich art collector in St.Louis, Morton D. May (you know, the May Company Department Stores!), bought many of his paintings, including this one, which was painted in 1949.
|Max Beckmann Self Portrait, 1950. (source)|
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