Tea and Paintings
TEA AND PAINTINGS
Without inspiration any creativeness is nothing. Favorite drink of many artists - hot flavored tea, was inspired to create the masterpieces of artists from different countries and times, dedicated the theme of tea and tea set of his works.
Ulterior motive painting reflects current life in its smallest details. The scale of how strongly our lives came tea, can be estimated by looking at the number of canvases painted in the tea theme throughout the world from ancient times to the present day.
As is well known, oriental tea tradition has its origins from the ancient times. The very first work of art in the world devoted to tea, is a painting by Chinese artist Yan VII century Libenya "Xiao and studied calligraphy masterpiece Lan Tignes"
Of course, the value of this work lies not only in the process of mapping the ancient tea, but also in its deepest sense. On the canvas chatting monks waiting for the servants to brew their tea - no philosophical conversation can not do without tea. Cloth reflects the idea that tea - not just a drink, thirst-quenching, but also to move the high thoughts and intelligent conversation.
Tea drinking has been reflected in the Japanese traditional painting. Japanese artists who were able to invest meaning in the seemingly most ordinary household items, could not ignore the tea, reflecting on his canvases the indivisibility of the drink from any workflow.
Katsushika Hokusai (Katsushika Hokusai), 18th century
Without a cup of tea in Europe is a part of small talk. Whether it's a simple friendly gatherings or large secular receptions - all guests will certainly served tea in the elegant tea service.
Favorite tea theme in English painting, of course, was, and remains, a tradition 5 O'clocktea, which is firmly entrenched in every self-respecting British. The picture on the English tea party, literally breathe lively conversations, social etiquette, measured and leisurely aristocratic life.
Alfred Oliver (Alfred Oliver), «Tea in the garden», XX century.
David Comba Adamson (David Comba Adamson), 1926
GayOrlandoRouz (Guy Orlando Rose), «Five O'Clock», 1910
George Dunlop Leslie (George Dunlop Leslie), «tea», XIX century.
European paintings dedicated tea theme reflects the continuity of the drink from any life events. It can be noisy salon gatherings, where a cup of tea of lively debate and conversation, or just everyday life, with its breakfasts, lunches and dinners, not getting around without tea.
In some single portraits of tea can act not just an attribute, complete the picture, but also a certain symbol that reflects thoughtful man, his deep immersion in the world of ideas.
And on some paintings, and does, with tea depicted animals. Such diversity displayed realities shows how firmly tea came into the life of the European man, becoming an integral part of his life.
Madeleine Lemaire (MadeleineLemaire), «An exquisite tea in the artist's studio», XIX century.
Francois Boucher (FransoisBoucher), «Morning tea party", 1739
Jean-Baptiste Chardin (Jean Baptiste Chardin), «The lady drinking tea», XVIII century.
EmilioSala-and Frances (Emilio Sala y Frances), «Tea Party», XIX century.
Henriette Ronner-Knip (HenrietteRonner-Knip), «Afternoon», XIX century.
By the way, tea conquered not only the European artists. Russian tea leisurely gatherings at the samovar, when hot tea gently drunk from small saucers, could not inspire Russian artists. Perhaps one of the most famous painters who sought in his work to the theme of Russian tea drinking was Boris Kustodiev. He was able to skillfully show how such a seemingly "outlandish" product, not just caught on in Russia, but also created a unique tradition of his drinking.
It should say that in Russia to the tea theme addressed artists completely different styles - from avant-garde to the traditionalists. Tea acts as a mirror, reflecting both the joy and lightheartedness of merchant life, and the life and daily life of ordinary people.
Boris Kustodiev, "Merchant's Wife at Tea," 1918
Boris Kustodiev, "Moscow restaurant", 1916
Konstantin Makovsky, "for tea", 1914
Konstantin Korovin, "For the tea table", 1888
Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin, "the samovar," 1926
Paintings devoted to tea, there is a great variety. Tea is not just portrayed on the canvases, but also infinitely inspired by the artists themselves. Elegant teapots and cups, pot-bellied shiny samovars, and most importantly - tea drinkers who keep themselves in their own unique story. Just think how many wonderful works would never have seen the humanity, if not tea!