Words & Photographs: Christine Vazquez
From mid-June through mid-October, the Denver Art Museum is housing a stunning collection of Impressionist paintings from some of the world’s most gifted artists. Names like Monet, Manet, Cassatt, Degas, Renoir, Cezanne and van Gogh are among the heaviest hitters in the art world, and in connected galleries that open to one another, in an exhibit named IN BLOOM, they’re presented together as a feast for the eyes. Alongside the exhibit, Palettes - the adjacent restaurant, run by a heavy hitter himself, Chef and Restaurateur Kevin Taylor - offers a special In Bloom menu with dishes meant to draw from the colors of the exhibit and translate them to the plate. It got us thinking about food as art. This is not a cliche. It’s a truth. Here, we’ve gathered images from our experience of the exhibit, along with dishes and wine from a colorful dinner at Palettes. In a future print issue, we’ll share a larger story on this subject, highlighting dishes whose use of color and plating, make them definite works of art.