ArtGrams: Edible Art


Photo: IG/patricklisko

In this month’s ArtGrams, we’re sharing your mouth-watering photos from Tryst at the Phillips café. Share your photos in and around the museum for a chance to be featured on the blog!


Photo: IG/maggiemainxx


Photo: IG/julietschwab


“All museums should have cafes like this,” says Instagrammer @stirfrey


Photo: IG/victoriadagli


Photo: IG/madalionthedandelion


Photo: IG/dcvikingthor


Photo: IG/jkbee7

ArtGrams is a monthly series in which we feature our favorite Instagrammed pictures taken around or inspired by the museum. Each month, we’ll feature a different theme based on trends we’ve seen in visitor photos. Hashtag your images with #PhillipsCollection or tag your location for a chance to be featured.

New Year’s Resolution: Eat Healthily

Edzard_Fruit and Plate

Dietz Edzard, Fruit and Plate, not dated. Oil on canvas mounted on wood panel, 8 3/8 x 11 in. Acquired 1930. The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC

Bonbright_Green apples

Sybil Bonbright, Green Apples, ca. 1944. Oil on canvas, 16 x 20 in. Acquired 1944. The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC

Keller_Autumn Fruits

Henry G. Keller, Autumn Fruits, not dated. Oil on canvas, 32 1/8 x 40 in. Acquired 1923. The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC

Paul Gauguin’s Healthy Advice

Paul Gauguin, The Ham, 1889, Oil on canvas

Paul Gauguin, The Ham, 1889 (detail). Oil on canvas, 19 3/4 x 22 3/4 in. The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C. Acquired 1951.

A brief story in the Washington Post about the health value of onions (“nutritional powerhouses” according to Runners World magazine) made me think of one of my favorite works in the collection. Those little onions in Paul Gauguin’s painting The Ham (1889) set next to the slab of ham have long been the subject of folk lore and even folk  medicine. According to the article, onions “help protect the brain, keep the heart healthy, strengthen bones, reduce cancer risk and aid digestion.” The rosy pink color of Gauguin’s onions indicates that they are likely Roscoff onions, a distinctive and popular crop in Brittany,  historically sold by men called Onion Johnnies, who hung bunches of onions by their braided stalks from the handles of their bicycles.

Lisa Leinberger, Volunteer Coordinator