The art movement I have decided to translate its visual qualities into another sense is cubism. Cubism is a highly influential visual arts movement of the 20th century that was developed by the artists Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque in Paris between 1907 and 1914. Cubism emphasized the flat, two-dimensional surface of the picture plane, rejecting the traditional techniques of perspective, foreshortening, modelling and chiaroscuro, and reject theories that are should imitate nature. Cubist painters were not fond of copying form, texture, colour and space. Instead, they conveyed a new vision in paintings that reflected completely fragmented objects (The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica, 2017).
The particular cubist painting I am going to be translating into a taste is Guernica by Pablo Picasso. This is Picasso’s most famous work and is his most powerful political statement. The painting reflects his reaction to the Nazi’s casual bombing practice on the Basque town of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War. Guernica reflects the tragedies of war and the suffering it causes upon individuals, in particular innocent civilians (https://www.pablopicasso.org/guernica.jsp).
Guernica by: Pablo Picasso
Below is a recipe that translates the visual qualities of Guernica into a taste.
Dark Roast Coffee Cake
10 cups of ground dark roast coffee
1 cup of cinnamon
2 eggs beaten
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup of milk
1 tsp sugar
1 cup flour
3 tsp baking powder
1 cup salt
- In a large mixing bowl. Combine eggs, vanilla and milk together.
- In a medium bowl, blend together sugar, flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and ground dark roast coffee.
- Combine egg mixture with flour mixture. Pour the batter into a pan.
- Bake, uncovered at 350 for 25-30 minutes.
How the visual qualities of Guernica are expressed in taste
For my recipe, I decided to use 10 cups of ground dark roast coffee to reflect the dark and bitter times the innocent civilians of Guernica suffered through during the Spanish Civil War. The colours in this work are also dark with no vibrant colours, so I wanted to reflect it by how dark roast coffee is really bitter and bold with a lack of sweet or flavourful taste to it. If the work had some colour in it, I think it would have a lot of bold flavourful tastes to it. But since it’s dark, I believe it would taste bitter. Cubist artworks are entirely fragmented as well, so I reflected this idea through how my ingredients don’t make rational sense considering some ingredients are used way more than others and creates an unbalanced/unpleasant taste. Cubist works reject formal principles of design and I conveyed this idea through the imbalance of ingredients, which creates an unpleasant taste. The unpleasant taste reflects the unpleasant feelings the innocent civilians suffered through during the Spanish Civil War. There is very little sugar used in the recipe to reflect how not a lot of “sweet” stuff went on during the war, since people were dying and suffering. The 1 cup of cinnamon reflects the figure with both arms raised up, burning in what looks like fire in the very right side of the work. The taste of cinnamon reflects this because it has sort of spicy taste to it, which symbolizes fire since it is hot.