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The Art of JAMA
June 4, 2014

Vegetable DinnerPeter Blume

JAMA. 2014;311(21):2152-2153. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.279530

An observer may well do a double take when viewing the startling juxtaposition of subjects and surroundings in some of the more surrealist works by painter Peter Blume (1906-1992). In his portrayal of a diverse range of phenomena (people, politics, food preparation), Blume avoided the pitfalls of predictability and tweaked reality just enough to perhaps change one’s assumptions about the material world. Even commonplace activities such as chatting with a friend while preparing dinner may thereafter feel slightly different, such is the power of his pictures.

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