One of my favorite things to do when traveling is try and stock up on various local sweets and chocolate. Spain first began consuming chocolate in the 1600s, after conquering the Aztecs in the Americas, and discovering the cocoa bean. It’s rumored that the first official recipe for chocolate emerged in 1644 by Antonia Colmenero in the book A Curious Treatise of the Nature and Quality of Chocolate:
- 100 cacao beans
- 2 chiles (black pepper may be substituted)
- a handful of anise
- “ear flower”
- 1 vanilla pod
- 2 ounces cinnamon
- 12 almonds or hazelnuts
- pound sugar
- achiote to taste
Chocolate in Spain has evolved since then, and now is often served hot, and with churros on the side.
Not being in Spain ourselves, we at Tea are big fans of Vosges‘s Barcelona Bar – which we can buy just down the street. It may be made in the USA, but the almonds, sea salt, and rich chocolate are all reminiscent of Spain.
We love these ocean surf images by Yosigo, a young Spanish photographer:
To see more of his work check out his website here.
Picasso’s Bacchanale Linocut and Tea’s Etched Print Ruffle Top
Here are a few of many of Picasso’s horse drawings & paintings. There are many great Picasso horse drawings from 1936 & 1937 when he was doing studies for Guernica. The bottom right piece Tete de Cheva was actually stolen from a Swiss museum in 2008. Picasso seems to be very popular with art stealing criminal crowd. Darn Peirce Brosnan - making stealing artwork seem so appealing (if you’ve ever seen The Thomas Crown Affair).
Tea’s Caballo Graphic Tee and Picasso’s Horse Study V
The Online Picasso Project is a great place to explore some of Picasso’s lesser known works and see many of his studies.
p.s. one last great horse drawing that I can only find here.
Cubist paintings by Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque and Jaun Gris.
Guitars and violins were a popular subject for cubist painters – so popular, that it made it very difficult to choose which paintings to post.
Cubism is modern art movement where artists represent the “total experience’ by showing multiple views simultaneously on the same canvas. Objects are broken down, analyzed and reassembled. Distinct characteristics of cubism include fragmented, geometric shapes, lack of depth, and multple viewpoints. Cubism revolutionized modern art and paved the way for many modern art movements.
Analytical Cubism (above): monochromatic muted color, overlapping planes, no distinct edges
Synthetic Cubism (above): collages, physical materials, more color, assemblage
Time Period: 1907-1921
Founders: Pablo Picasso and George Braque
Other Important Artists: Juan Gris, Fernand Leger, Roger de la Fresnaye
Media: Sculpture and Painting
Influences: Paul Cezanne, Pointillism, African Art and Masks
images: Olga’s Gallery