Work of Art

“Art” isn’t just paintings and sculptures, it can be anything in which we find beauty and meaning — even food. Show us a thing, place, or person that’s a work of art to you.

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When someone says “art,” they often use it as shorthand for “paintings and sculptures.” Art is everywhere, though: in nature, in architecture, in literature, and more. It’s anywhere we see beauty and meaning.

For me, it’s in food. The creativity, forethought, and care that went into this beautifully cooked and plated lamb dish takes it from “dinner” to “art”:


Lamb three ways with braised lettuce at Eleven Madison Park, New York City. (Photo by Michelle Weber.)

The just-so placement of the lamb, the sauce, the flowers… in my eyes, it’s as beautiful as a just-so brushstroke. It may have a more ignominious fate than the Mona Lisa — after all, it ends up in my gut, rather than hanging in the Louvre — but my appreciation and enjoyment of these few perfect bites are just as meaningful to me as an afternoon spent contemplating da Vinci.

(What can I say? I really love food.)

This week, share a photo of something that’s art to you. It could be some actual “art,” like a painting by your grandmother or the misshapen but perfect clay sculpture your child brought home from kindergarden, or something most people wouldn’t consider beautiful at all, but that has meaning to you. The important thing is that it’s art in your eyes.

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  1. I really hope you’d already half-eaten that dish before photographing it. Anything that looks that beautiful surely tastes divine, in which case I’d want more than two bites.


  2. Really beautiful colors, textures & combination of food, flowers, sauce…looks delicious as well! Thanks for the prompt.


  3. This is an incredible picture! Lovely aesthetic. I appreciate recognizing art in all of its surprising, unexpected places and forms. Cool challenge. :)


  4. Well how about that I posted some pics of my art last night before going to bed not realising that this was going to be theme for this weeks photo challenge. I must have known something….


  5. I love how you said its as beautiful as a just so brushstroke! Like you food is an art for me. It taste taste that much better because of how amazing it looks. And the passion and the vision going into it is the same. Thank you for sharing your art with the world! 😊


  6. Food is my favorite form of art. I take my time to plate items at a party and sometimes if I am feeling good I will make dinner look fancy. But I always experiment with spices in my food cause not only can you look at art but in this form you can taste it as well.


  7. Beauty, aesthetics & wonder are everywhere – art is not! The language of art follows intent and meaning and integrity – by saying everything is art devalues the language into saying there is no such thing as art – only artists! But, everything has the potential to be considered art!


  8. well said..and may look at it in the other way where you may say….”he know the ‘art’ of decorating”..or “he knows the ‘art’ of cooking”…so in that way…yes art is everywhere…:)


  9. have so much fun with your prompts. sometimes it’s really hard to just sit down and write… thank you for helping me out from time to time! Loveto see what others share as well… Many photos, writings, works of art may have never happened if it wasn’t for WordPress and Daily Post. :-) here’s what you stirred up in me this morning…


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  11. Tip of the Week: when photographing Venice, I have my favorite places, and Punta della Dogana is for sure one of them. It used to lodge Charles Ray’s art work “Boy with Frog”, but recently the sculpture has been replaced by the ancient lamp who used to be there since the XIX century. Whether with the sculpture or the lamp it remains an extraordinary place with a stunning 360° view.


  12. I just realised that I have the Daily Post RSS feed but the Weekly Photo Challenges have not been posted on that feed (for a while by the looks of things ) and now I forget to enter them?

    Whats up with that, I cant subscribe just to the photo challenge page and now im missing out :(


  13. i really like this content,as there are people who consider art as a form of paintings and sculptures … but in actual art is the observation of mind … its the imagination one can have,it is a skill truly attained by observation. visit my blog
    want to know your views too…. :)


  14. I love food too, and I love food presented as in the photo. I am lucky enough to have a coupl eof restaurants near me that serve “poncy food) as I like to call it, although they, thankfully, give bigger portions.


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  17. Michelle, this is a fantastic topic and I am so glad that I managed to capture an image of a stone balancer on the street last week as he made his art for passersby -