Why Art Matters in the Office

The average hours worked for employees, each week at the office is 47 hours. That is 47 hours that are spent under fluorescent lighting and focusing only on the project in front of you and the people you work with. Introducing art into the work place sets a well established tone that not only reflects visually, but also leads to positive productivity for the employees, making their busy weeks more enjoyable.

Running a private art gallery, Aaron Gallery, has given us the chance to incorporate beautiful artwork around the office. Everyday people comment on how positive it is to be surrounded by art in a work environment. We have been told that, “having art in the work place is like having a window, it gives you something to look at when you need more inspiration to continue working.”

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Javier Cabada’s “Abstract Shadows”, Acrylic on Canvas, 84 x 60 in

We have asked the opinions of the employees as well as people who have visited the gallery to see how they feel about the art and how it has effected the place in which they work:

“You walk into Aaron Gallery and are surrounded by beauty, expression, and the most wonderful bouquet of colors. Javier Cabada‘s work is energizing, in a class by itself. The only thing better than enjoying the art in the Gallery is enjoying the art in your own home!”
– Shelia G

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Duane Cregger’s “Suncycle I”, Acrylic on Canvas, 48 x 60 in

“Annette and her team are as wonderful as the art curated by Aaron Gallery. Not only are the pieces beautiful, timeless, and expertly crafted, but Annette continues to carry on her family’s legacy providing personalized service to each of her clients. A mainstay of the DC Art scene with 40 years of experience, it is a pleasure to work with Annette and her staff in Suite 800 at 2101 L Street NW. If you’re looking for brilliant pieces to add to your collection Aaron Gallery is the place to visit!”

– Jennifer

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Javier Cabada’s “Changing Prisms” Acrylic on Canvas 48 x 60 in.

“Every day at work I’m greeted by the bold, bright paintings placed by Aaron Gallery in my office space. The high quality art is seen throughout the hallways, providing a burst of energy whenever I move through the public spaces. Visitors never spend time here without commenting on how much character and sophistication this art brings to the office.”

– Holly C

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Duane Cregger’s “Borealis”, Acrylic on Canvas, 48 x 72 in

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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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.