How Your Favorite Artists Might Play With Thanksgiving Dinner

Sometimes playing with your food isn't such a terrible thing.

When you're a kid, adults don't take too kindly to you playing with your food. When you're an artist -- well, that's another story.

Last year, artist Hannah Rothstein celebrated Thanksgiving with a photo series of dinners plated in the style of famous artists, including Georges Seurat and Andy Warhol. This year she's back with a new roster of artists -- from Keith Haring to Gustav Klimt -- and another hearty serving of turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, cranberry sauce, and corn arranged with stylistic flair.

Rothstein's plates faithfully adhere to the iconic artists' signature styles (only, you know, in traditional Thanksgiving foods). Jackson Pollack's plate is splattered and sprayed with gravy and cranberry purée, and Pablo Picasso's is in several neatly rearranged shards, while Seurat's displays dotted rows of corn and crumbs. On Klimt's plate, even the corn kernels have been coated in his trademark gold. 

If seeing food tossed about, gilded, and even suspended in tanks of water makes some readers think reproachfully of the food-insecure in our own communities, the Thanksgiving-minded mission behind Rothstein's project may be some reassurance. Limited-edition prints of the plate photographs are on sale, with a portion of the proceeds earmarked for the SF-Marin Food Bank.

See more of Rothstein's whimsical plates below, and head to her website to see the full series.

  • Pablo Picasso
    Hannah Rothstein
    Pablo Picasso
  • René Magritte
    Hannah Rothstein
    René Magritte
  • Georgia O'Keefe
    Hannah Rothstein
    Georgia O'Keefe
  • Jackson Pollack
    Hannah Rothstein
    Jackson Pollack
  • Vincent Van Gogh
    Hannah Rothstein
    Vincent Van Gogh
  • Piet Mondrian
    Hannah Rothstein
    Piet Mondrian

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