Saturday, August 10, 2013

Savor the ‘Delicious Art’

The East India Company Fine Foods Fine Foods has been working to take to market a range of fine luxury foods, and has identified, tasted and sourced over 350 products.  These can now be found at its flagship store in the heart of London’s Mayfair. Apart from these, the world-renowned gourmet foods & beverages’ brands has now collaborated with London’s prestigious art institution, The National Gallery, for its evocative and eye-soothing ‘Delicious Art’.

The collection of six bewildering bespoke teas – all of them created with masterpieces as its inspiration. Among the inspirational works sourced from the renowned institution are ‘The Water-Lily Pond’ by Monet, Avercamp’s ‘A Winter Scene with Skaters near a Castle’ and ‘Sunflowers’ by Van Gogh.

Launched in August 2013, along with an eclectic selection of the company’s afternoon tea set, mini jams and mini mustards, the original and highly creative artistic blends are available within official National Gallery shops as well as the flagship East India Company store on Conduit Street. The company’s expert tea master, Lalith Lenadora, spent a lot of time collaborating with The National Gallery, and researching the paintings so as to bring its authentic essence to life in a perfect blend of his finest flowers, aromatics and teas.

Avercamp’s ‘A Winter Scene with Skaters near a Castle’ – a busy scene of winter pursuits is full of closely observed detail. The simple design of legendary painter Claude-Oscar Monet’s ‘The Water-Lily Pond’ with the close-up view of the bridge was repeated in several other canvases. In 1883 he moved from the north-west of Paris to Giverny where he lived until his death. Adjacent to his property was a small pond which he acquired in 1893, where he created a water garden with an arched bridge in the Japanese style. In 1900 he exhibited a series of ten canvases of the pond, showing a single subject in differing light conditions.

‘Sunflowers’ paintings by Van Gogh were done to decorate Gauguin's room in the so-called Yellow House that he rented in Arles in the South of France. He and Gauguin worked there together between October and December 1888. The dying flowers are built up with thick brushstrokes (impasto). The impasto evokes the texture of the seed-heads.

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