How Famous Artists Would Plate Thanksgiving Dinner

It’s not uncommon to refer to a particularly amazing meal as a work of art — but San Francisco-based artist Hannah Rothstein has taken that idea to a whole new level. In honor of the rapidly approaching Thanksgiving holiday, she’s dreamed up a series she calls “How Famous Artists Would Plate Thanksgiving Meals.” It does exactly what it says — that is, imagines how artists ranging from Jackson Pollock to Vincent Van Gogh would plate a classic Thanksgiving dinner — and the results are absolutely stunning.

Rothstein’s philosophy about art is simple: Why limit yourself to just one medium? Accordingly, her work takes a huge variety of forms, from paintings and illustrations to jewelry and even writing. Her Thanksgiving series is no exception, either; using turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, corn, green beans, and gravy as her materials and a plain white plate as her canvas, she’s created 10 Thanksgiving dinners that literally… wait for it … look good enough to eat.

Ba-dum CHING!

(Sorry about that. The metaphor was too apropos to pass up, even if it is incredibly, massively clichéd.)

I’ve matched up four of my favorites with notable works from the artist each one apes; check ‘em out below, and head on over to Rothstein’s website to see all 10:

René Magritte

I will never not love La Trahison des images.

Vincent van Gogh

Who knew mashed potatoes and gravy would make such perfect Starry Night-inspired clouds?

Andy Warhol

Turkey Day goes pop art, just like Andy’s Marilyn Monroe portraits.

Pablo Picasso

I think this one is exceptionally clever. How else would you represent cubism? The painting seen here is Three Musicians.

See the rest at, and connect with Rothstein via Facebook (HRothsteinArt), Twitter (@Ahha_Hannah), and Instagram (also @Ahha_Hannah) for more of her fabulous art. Like it enough to buy it? Give her Etsy and Society6 stores a browse while you're at it!

Images: Courtesy Hannah Rothstein (4); profzucker, pittigliani2005, Vilseskogen, wallyg /Flickr