The Personal Recipes of Pablo Picasso

Food, much like painting, is a form of art. There is time, dedication, and pride that go into the making of an exquisite meal that is not lost on famous artists. Pablo Picasso has released some of his personal recipes in an interview with Vouge. He is one of many artists that have a knack for cooking, among Jackson Pollock, Salvador Dali, Marcel Duchamp, etc. While Dali and Pollock have released their own cookbooks, Picasso’s recipes went into the Modern Art Cookbook which features recipes of the famous artists of the 2oth century.


The Modern Cookbook by Mary Ann Caws

Once, Picasso had lunch with Alice B. Toklas who decided to serve a dish that included her dressing up a bass with cream, herbs, and a red mayonnaise sauce. She decorated the serving platter with her boiled eggs, a tomato paste, and truffles in a way that she believed would impress Picasso. Upon seeing the platter, Picasso remarked in the beauty of the dish. This was not the only time that the look of the dish presented to him was complimented. Another time his wife, Jaqueline, made him an eel stew and impressed by its beauty Picasso decided to paint it rather than eat it.


Pichet et Coupe de Fruits, Pablo Picasso, 1931

Picasso sees beauty in everything, even the seemingly random. He manipulates what he is looking at so that he is proud of his work and it fits into his personal style. By believing that you should have a sense of pride in all that you do, Pablo Picasso mastered a few of his own recipes in that he enjoyed serving to others as well as eating himself. Feeling confident about his art was carried over into his work in the kitchen and to his palate when savoring a meal. He would never serve something that he wasn’t satisfied with.

Some of Picasso’s famous recipes include:

Picasso’s Omelette Tortilla Niçoise

6 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion
4 peppers, red and green
3 tomatoes
2 tablespoons wine vinegar
8 eggs
Salt and pepper


Polychrome Bird, Pablo Picasso,1947

Picasso’s Eel Stew

6 tablespoons olive oil
6 tablespoons butter
12 small white onions
1 teaspoon sugar
2 yellow onions, chopped
12 mushrooms
⅓ pound salt pork, cubed
2 shallots, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 eels of about 1 pound each, cut into four- to five-inch sections
1 bottle of good red wine
1 tablespoon flour
Salt, pepper, cayenne pepper
Bouquet garni: thyme, bay leaf, parsley, fennel, and a small branch of celery


Poisson de Chine, Pablo Picasso, 1952

Picasso’s Herb Soup

2 bunches radishes
2 handfuls chervil
1 bunch sorrel
2 cloves garlic
2 soupspoons olive oil
1 egg yolk
6 slices toast (optional)
Salt and freshly ground pepper


Visage dans un carré, Pablo Picasso, 1956



3 Minute Art History Lesson: Salvador Dalí

Salvador Dalí is considered one of the most recognized artists to have ever lived and the most famous Surrealist artist. Along with his artistic career, his home and married life are very different than what was expected in the 1900s. He was born in 1904, 9 months after his older brothers death and was given the same name as him. When he was 5 his parents told him that he was the reincarnation of his brother. Dalí’s mother died of breast cancer when he was 16 and he was greatly affected by it because she was the biggest supporter of his art and encouraged his eccentric behavior.


Apparition of Face and Fruit Dish on the Beach, 1938, Oil on Canvas, 45 x 57 in.

His original artistic influence were the Renaissance masters but he believed that once an artist masters the fundamentals they are able to break the rules, which he did. Upon becoming a Surrealist artist his influences became Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, Diego Velázquez, and Sigmund Freud. Dalí met his wife Gala in 1929 and she became his biggest muse and inspiration during his career. Gala was a Russian immigrant and 10 years his senior and for many years Dalí’s father greatly disapproved of their relationship and marriage. She managed many business aspects of Dalí’s art making them business partners as well as husband and wife.


Galatea of the Spheres, 1952, Oil on Canvas, 26 x 21 in.

For years Dalí and Gala moved all across the country while Dalí worked on numerous projects and presented his art all around the world. They moved back to Spain in 1948 where they remained until their death. Intrigued by math, science, and optical illusions, Dalí’s work often included these subjects along with symbolism. He used animals to represent things like desire, death, fear, sexuality, and reality. His use of an egg represents hope and love while his clocks were modeled after melting Camembert cheese and symbolize the relativity of time.


Elephants Reflecting Swans, 1937, Oil on Canvas, 20 x 30 in

Dalí had many fears of abandonment and they got worse as Gala’s health, followed by his, declined. At 76 Gala gave Dalí a dangerous amount of unprescribed medicine leaving him with Parkinson like symptoms, damaging his nervous system, and making it so he was eventually no longer able to create art. In 1982 Gala, Dalí’s one and only muse, died causing Dalí to lose his will to live and had multiple incidents that were possible suicide attempts. In 1989 Dalí died of heart failure at 84 years old.


Lincoln in Dalivison (Gala Contemplating the Mediterranean Sea), 1976, Oil on Canvas, 99 1/4 x 75 1/2 in.

Dalí left a great impact on the art world with his Surrealist creations. Not only was he extremely eccentric, but he had incredible talent. He contributed to the arts in sculpture, theater, fashion, film, painting, and photography. Even today he is still a huge inspiration to many artists and has several museum and exhibits presenting his work all around the world.


The Persistence of Memory, 1931, Oil on Canvas, 9 x 13 in.

11 Ways to Experience Summer Arts in DC

Summer in DC is a wonderful experience where many activities are available to the residents and tourists alike. The weather is warmer and there are many adventures to be had both indoors and while enjoying the sun outside.

Here are a few activities, that you can do with friends and family, that you do not want to miss out on!
Jazz in the Garden 


Starting late May and running through early September you can spend your Friday nights from 5:00- 8:30 enjoying nice jazz music while appreciating the sculptures at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden. Enjoy the warm air, live music, and great art with your friends and family or go by yourself and still have an awesome experience.

Smithsonian Folklife Festival mission_festival_largeStill want to experience live music but jazz isn’t your style? Go to the Smithsonian Folklife Festival! Not only is there live music but there is the chance to learn about new cultures, try their food, and even learn phrases from their language. You are able to immerse yourself in a new culture without having to leave the comfort of your district. The festival is held on the National Mall from June 29th- July 4th and July 7th- July 10th. While already down by all the Smithsonian Museums it gives you an excuse to stop in to see some exhibits and cool down.

A Capitol Fourth


Experience the 4th of July on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol. Celebrate America’s independence in the most patriotic city in the country! There will be a concert and fireworks so grab your friends and enjoy the show. Watching the artists preform might even inspire you to go view more art during your DC summer.

Visit Art Museums

Renwick Gallery

Renwick Gallery

Cool down for a bit and go inside museums for a chance to appreciate some extravagant art. Some great art museums include Renwick Gallery, National Gallery of Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Hirshhorn Museum, and The National Portrait Gallery. The experiences you have at these museums will leave you inspired and craving more art.

The Phillips Collection



By visiting the Phillips Collection you are able to cool off and enjoy the art! The Phillips Collection is the first modern art museum in America! They have multiple new exhibits to celebrate the new summer season, displaying artwork like you have never experienced it before. It is located in Dupont so while you’re down there you are also able to enjoy some shopping and trying out some trendy restaurants.

Busboys and Poets


Busboys and Poets  is a a place to experience food, art, books, poetry, and culture. The name is in reference to American poet Langston Hughes and the restaurant works to inspire creativity in each person who comes to visit. The arts are vastly represented through paintings and poetry. In the summer it is a great place to cool off and get some food while still being around art.

Woodrow Wilson Plaza Concerts 


Experience all different types of music genres at the Woodrow Wilson Plaza around lunch time Monday- Friday. The outdoor plaza space is perfect for nice summer weather. Grab friends and go appreciate the sounds and different cultures that will leave you feeling inspired and thankful for the arts.

Explore the National MallUnknown-3Whether you are a tourist or a resident of the DC area there is no denying that the National Mall contains the most important buildings in the country. Many historical moments have taken place on the National Mall and it is important to be grateful for it. At least once during the summer you should be able to pay the National Mall a visit to enjoy the architecture and history of the beautiful city.

National Museum of Women in the Arts


Celebrate the women artists behind some of your favorite creations by visiting the National Museum of Women in the Arts this summer! Explore the summer exhibitions before it’s too late and while you’re there catch a Gallery Talk. Book a tour or wander through the museum by yourself, either way you don’t want to miss the wonderful art done by the female artists.

Lunder Conservation Center


Not only is experiencing art important, but the process of restoring and conserving the art gives you insight into the lengths people go through in order to preserve the arts. At the Lunder Conservation Center you are able to go behind the scenes and watch the conservators at work in five different studios. By visiting you get a different look into the art world that you have never seen before. This is a must see for experiencing the art world this summer!

Labor Day Capitol Concert


To celebrate the end of the summer and the season changing into fall go out and enjoy the Labor Day Capital Concert  featuring the National Symphony Orchestra! The concert is held the Sunday before Labor Day and a great last hurrah for appreciating the DC arts in the Summer. There is great talent in the National Symphony Orchestra and you may even leave inspired to experience more art in the new season!

3 Minute Art History Lesson: Georgia O’Keeffe


Georgia O’Keeffe is one of the most interesting artists of the 20th century. From flowers to cityscapes and everything in between, O’Keeffe managed to develop a style completely her own and thrive doing it. Her abstract work meant to translate her feelings into color, while her more representational work held hidden meanings and symbology.

O’Keeffe studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and Art Students League of New York where she was taught traditional realism techniques, however in 1912 her artistic approach changed dramatically with her interest in Arthur Wesley Dow, a 19th century painter and art educator.

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Yellow Hickory Leaves with Daisy, 1928; Oil on canvas; 30 1/10 × 40 in


Georgia O’Keeffe married photographer and art dealer Alfred Stieglitz in 1924, who was one of the first to display her work publicly. She was a strong female artist and is a role model to female artists and the feminist movement to this day. O’Keeffe’s most promising and well known work came from her time spent in New Mexico, where she first visited in 1929. She would go on to make this her permanent home in 1949, a few years after her husband’s death.

O’Keeffe was recognized as one of America’s (if not the world’s) leading modern artists during her time working, especially with her scenes of urban New York City. These scenes contrasted directly with her later New Mexico landscapes but proved to show an interesting juxtaposition on the American view. Screen Shot 2016-04-26 at 12.29.41 PM

                                             City Night, 1926; Oil on canvas; 48 × 30 in; 121.9 × 76.2 cm

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                           Red Hills with Flowers, 1937; Oil on canvas; 20 × 25 in; 50.8 × 63.5 cm

O’Keeffe died at the age of 98, in Santa Fe, New Mexico on March 6th, 1986. She managed to continue painting until nearly 80 years old. Her failing eyesight forced her to enlist the help of assistants to create art with her near the end of her life. Her creativity and spirit however never diminished with age.

12 Studios of Famous 20th Century Artists

A studio is meant to be not only to be a place of work, but a place of inspiration, a sacred space. These artists studios, their creative spaces, are almost like physical and spacial representations of their creativity.

Looking at these studios, you almost feel like you were there when some of the greatest works of the 20th century were being made! If you find this interesting, head over to Bored Panda  for an extensive list of artists and their studios.

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7 Ways to Appreciate Spring Arts in DC

Spring is, without a doubt, the loveliest time in the District. The weather is fair, the blossoms are blooming, and tourists fill up the streets to bring the city back to life.

With the beautiful spring weather comes rejuvenation, suddenly your winter laziness disappears into a liveliness and energy that craves activities. Luckily, in a city that practically worships the spring time, there’s plenty to do.

Cherry Blossom Festival


Seeing the cherry blossoms in the spring here in DC is a requirement if you are a resident of the metro area. The season is estimated to start on March 20th, with peak blooming time supposedly being March 31st- April 4th. Whether you’re interested in the history of the cherry blossoms or just wish to go to the events surrounding the festival (i.e music, parades, fireworks and more) there’s really something for everyone. It’s a great way to celebrate the coming of spring in DC and the beauty surrounding it is sure to inspire some creativity.

Hillwood Estate Gardens



This historical estate and museum is also home to some really beautiful garden spaces perfect for springtime walks. There are an array of flowers blooming in the 13 different outdoor areas of the Hillwood estate, enough to get your dose of nature for the season. Definitely check out the Japanese Garden as it is beautiful and calming- a nice way to take in the outdoors while doing some much needed introspection after the winter.

Dumbarton Oaks


Dumbarton Oaks Garden has some of the most beautiful scenery in Georgetown, with 13 enclosed gardens and 11 informal gardens. It is a huge plot of land dedicated to people getting back into nature and history. The Rose garden is especially delightful if you’re looking for an Alice in Wonderland/Secret Garden type of escape. The Orchard is also quite beautiful for strolling around, but unfortunately you won’t be getting any fruit to eat as the fruit trees were replaced by crabapple trees some years ago-still, it offers plenty of room for kids and adults to explore. Take a quick look around the museum as well while you have the chance!

Botanical Gardens


The US Botanic Gardens are a great way to enjoy rare and exotic plant life all year round! However, Spring  is a time when we need to be rejuvenated in the ways of the outdoors and a visit to the botanic gardens is absolutely the way to do it. From exotic plants to a butterfly garden, the botanical gardens are quite literally an escape from the daily grind of city life. Not only a great opportunity to appreciate the natural world but the colors and atmosphere are a sure way to get your creative juices flowing. Great for solo walks for contemplation or bringing the whole family for a nice warm stroll; this is not something you want to miss.

NGA sculpture Garden


The National Gallery of Art’s Sculpture Garden is also open year round but the best time to enjoy the artwork is the Spring. There may be many tourists but the people watching is just as good as the art itself. From a Alexander Calder to Roy Lichtenstein, the Sculpture Garden offers so much wonderful artwork right out in the open. Best for bringing a book and an iced coffee, strolling through the garden, and sitting next to your favorite piece. Not something to miss on a beautiful spring day.

National Arboretum



The National Arboretum is a monumentally wonderful way to celebrate the Spring time. With beautiful colonnades, a bonsai museum, and friendship garden among some of the things you can visit, it’s a truly wonderful way to enjoy the beautiful weather and inspiring views.


Hirshhorn Sculpture Garden



The Sculpture Garden at the Hirsshorn museum has beautiful modern art to look at, free of admission, right off the national mall. The garden has ample room for sitting or strolling and the works of art are absolutely inspiring. This is something that is best seen in warm weather because the nature of the art works on display are cause for contemplation and more than just a quick look. This is a garden that will pique your curiosity and give you lots to think about!

April Gallery Openings to Look Forward To In DC

Spring time is the best time to take a day and go gallery hopping! Even better is attending a gallery opening with refreshments, people, and the potential to meet the artist. We have a list of gallery openings happening throughout the month of April that are dying to be checked out!



Friday, April 1st

Arts Club of Washington

Featured Exhibition(ers): Jack Hannula and Sandra Gobar; 6:30-8:30pm; 2017 I street NW, Downtown

Hillyer Art Space

Featured Exhibition(ers): Sascha Hughes- Caley, Christina Shmigel, Heloisa Escudero; 6-9pm; 9 Hillyer ct. NW; Dupont Circle

Studio Gallery 

Featured Exhibition(ers): Eleanor Kotlarik Wang; 6-8pm; 2108 R St. NW, Dupont Circle

Touchstone Gallery

Featured Exhibition(ers): The Bloom is On, Rob Goebel, Rosemary Luckett; 6-8:30pm; 901 New York Ave NW, Downtown


Saturday, April 2nd

Foundry Gallery

Featured Exhibition(ers): Lindsay Mullen, Visual Meditations; 5-8pm; 2118 8th Street, NW, Downtown

Washington Printmakers Gallery

Featured Exhibition(ers): Alex Keto; 3-5pm; 1641 Wisconsin Avenue NW; Georgetown


Friday, April 8th

Susan Calloway Fine Arts 

Featured Exhibition(ers): Dean Fisher; 6-8pm; 1643 Wisconsin Ave; Georgetown


Saturday, April 9th

Studio Gallery

Featured Exhibition(ers): Eleanor Kotlarik Wang; 4-6pm; 2108 R St. NW, Dupont Circle


Have any other recommendations for April Exhibitions? Let us know in the comments!