In The Vineyard
Artist: Christopher M.
Fine Art Limited Edition
Reg: 30" x 40" /88 SN
AP: 22.5" x 30" /28 SN
PP: 11" x 14" /18 SN
California’s Napa Valley is known for romance. For anyone who has experienced the lush beauty and epicurean delights of the region, Christopher M. “Painter of Chefs” captures the memory of a moment In the Vineyard.
The artist has been hailed as one of the greats, having worked with some of the most notable chefs and wine makers of our time; talents such as wine maker Heidi Barrett of Screaming Eagle acclaim, Pam Starr of Crocker Starr estates and the long list of famous chefs Charlie Trotter, François Payard, Gavin Kaysen and many others. His artistic accomplishments have established Christopher M. as the painter of choice for the serious connoisseur of the good life.
In the Vineyard depicts a chef preparing the table for a red wine course. He presents the wine in the elegant fashion of his vocation. Christopher M. notes, “I really like the term ‘presentation’ of the wine, for the word ‘present’ implies the great gift that wine imparts to us by elevating an ordinary day into one of great gravity and remembrance.”
Christopher M. not only captures the perfect moment, but interprets the significance behind the scene:
“For me the painting represents the romance of the Napa region, the perfect blending of a culinary and wine tradition. While being uniquely American, it derives its richness directly from French training, French culinary technique, and classical French ideals of Art and Life. When I was painting I often thought of Thomas Keller for the inspiration of the chef, since his restaurant, The French Laundry, is there in the Napa area, and he so closely embodies my notion of the ideal chef, so perfect in his craft that his artistry speaks for itself. So for me it is a celebration of great artistic traditions in a broad sense, and at the same time a celebration of the very close and personal relationships of friendship, family or romance that come together in a beautiful evening’s dining experience. And since I draw my own aesthetic ideals from great French artists like Degas, I feel a connection with the classical French traditions as an artist, just as many great chefs do.”
Indeed, with the sun setting in the western hemisphere against the rolling hills, this is a moment to remember.
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