Taco Art: Gauguin or Cezanne?

The artists who paint still lifes of tacos and other dishes on the exterior walls of restaurants and food trucks never cease to amaze me. I suspect there are few talented art students putting themselves through school this way.

Their artworks serve the extremely utilitarian purpose of advertising the variety of choices on the establishment’s menu: a useful service for those who can read English and an vital one for¬†those who can’t. Sometimes their efforts are cartoonish, sometimes merely commercial, but quite often they create images that belong in the realm of folk art.

I posted this photo on Twitter with the headline: “If Gauguin painted tacos.” My wife, who has an MFA in Art, suggested: “It looks more like a Cezanne.” What do you think?

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