Sunday, April 1, 2012

Something Sweet

Happy first day of April, everyone!!

Yesterday was my birthday (Whew, missed April Fools by "this much") and every beverage my friends got me was some kind of "cake" or pie flavor. Thanks to you, friends. :)

Cake got me thinking about the whimsical, delicious art of Wayne Thiebaud. In undergrad, I wrote a paper comparing Thiebaud's Around the Cake to Jean-Simone Chardin's La Brioche. To quote from my paper (in describing Around the Cake):

"He seemed in places to literally coat the paint on the canvas as if he were icing a real cake, giving the illusion of thickness and real frosting. The technique intrigues the viewer, tempting them to investigate whether or not the icing texture is real."

And then this morning, I found this wonderful video about a retrospective of Thiebaud's work, where you get to meet the adorable Thiebaud and learn a little bit more of his story. Enjoy!

"If we don't have a sense of humor, we lack a sense of perspective." - Wayne Thiebaud