Yesterday’s Open Art Form asked what you thought these artists would have liked to eat in their day. I did a little research, and the findings were very interesting. (This information was taken right off Google.)

Vincent Van Gogh:  He very often lived on bread, butter, and coffee. He sometimes had oatmeal for breakfast. While in Brussels, Vincent wrote that he often ate dry bread, potatoes, and chestnuts, and often took his meals ‘in the soup kitchen.

Pablo Picasso:  Picasso’s culinary tastes were a lot more down-to-earth. ‘Olga loves cakes and caviar,’ he said of his first wife, Olga Khokhlova. ‘I love Catalan sausage and beans. ‘ He ate simply throughout his life – fresh fish, a little wine, lots of fruit and veg – no wonder he lived to the grand old age of 91.

Frida Kahlo:  Kahlo’s passion for food was evident in her many lush, still lifes of fruit. But she was also known for her raucous dinner parties in Mexico City, replete with pulque, mescal, mole and tamales. Kahlo served dishes she had mostly learned from Rivera’s previous (second) wife, Guadalupe Marin.

Leonardo da Vinci:  Son of the notary Piero, and a peasant, Caterina, he spent his childhood living with his mother, enjoying simple, natural food such as olive oil, bread, and wine, as well as home-grown vegetables, fruit, cheese, eggs, and occasionally chicken from their own hens.

Georgia O’Keeffe:  But the majority of O’Keeffe’s recipes are practical and austere—rye bread, griddle cakes, oatmeal soup, roasted chicken. She allowed herself just a few indulgences, like candied limes or fresh vanilla ice cream made with egg yolks.

Andy Warhol:  Warhol himself said, “Pop art is about liking things,” and claimed that he ate Campbell’s soup every day for twenty years. For him, it was the quintessential American product: he marveled that the soup, like Coca-Cola, always tasted the same, whether consumed by prince or pauper.The phenomenon of fast food fascinated Warhol and convenience meals formed a major part of his diet. For more than 20 years, he claimed, he ate nothing but Kellogg’s Cornflakes for breakfast and Campbell’s soup and a sandwich for lunch.

Do any of these surprise you? One thing I notice is in most of these the diets were pretty simple and went along with what was available at the time. Do you think Leonardo da Vinci would dive into a Big Mac if he were here? Now, the question would be, which diet would you like to eat regularly the most?

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