Friday, March 14, 2014

Art & Appetite at the Amon Carter Museum

The Amon Carter museum, invites you to a feast. “Art and Appetite” go together. From lush oil paintings of fruit to Norman Rockwell’s famous Freedom From Want picture of Thanksgiving turkey to Andy Warhol’s Campbells soup can, you can stroll through America’s changing approach to food. From times of depression to overindulgence, food has brought people together. Paintings of picnics and a half empty diner (Edward Hopper's Nighthawks) adorn the Amon Carter walls.  

One picture and poem stood out. Marsden Hartley’s “Fisherman’s Last Supper” shows a gathering after a funeral. Several members of a family drowned at sea. His poem for the painting begins

“For wine, they drank the ocean/

For bread, they ate their own despairs”

Quite heartbreaking. 

In contrast, best to grab lunch prior to your visit. Or after seeing Wayne Thibaud’s slices of pie painting, you’ll hanker for dessert.


  1. Sounds like a terrific exhibit, but I think I might wait until afterwards to have lunch. Those paintings would surely help build up an appetite. (And hey! Why NOT have dessert?)

    Happy weekend! And happy St. Patrick's Day. (Not just 25% worth, either... the whole shillelagh!)

  2. I had never really thought about it, but yes, food is a focus in a lot of art.

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  4. I was going to say the same thing as Susan - I'd definitely need a meal before, and a snack during.