File under things I never thought I’d ever think or say: “phew we made it through the weekend.” These past few days have been overwhelming; first the inauguration, followed by the much more uplifting women’s march. Seeing pictures of the march happening all over the world helped renew my faith in people and our ability to stand together to work towards a more just, peaceful and loving future for all!
Reward yourself for surviving the epic highs and lows of the past couple of days (highs like this as well as lows: the entire inauguration, also 3 Doors Down’s performance) with a sweet tart, perfect for getting you through this Monday!
This tart is inspired by Gerald Murphy’s Wasp and Pear, hanging at MoMA, one of my refuges this weekend. This work was the last painting of Murphy’s 7-year career, and is characteristic of his particular style: hard, flat color and the meticulous execution of super-detailed objects. In this work we see a highly-stylized wasp devouring a round green pear, along with a leaf and a honeycomb against an abstract background. Many of his works (of which there are 14 total that are known of, only 8 remain today) are large scale, and the architectural, graphic nature elevates humble, everyday objects of daily life.
In 1921, Gerald and his wife Sara moved from their home in NYC to Paris, seeking a more free-spirited, artistic community. It was in Paris that Gerald first started painting, after being drawn to the incredible works of his friend Picasso and contemporaries Braque and Gris. Sara and Gerald soon moved on to the French Rivera, and were known for their flair for fabulous parties and vibrant social circle (which in addition to Picasso, also included Hemingway and Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald).
Gerald and Sara lived a grand, showy lifestyle, and this mapley-pear hazelnut tart is impressive but doesn’t require that much effort. (score!!) The most involved part is slicing up the pears and arranging them over the top of the tart aka the best part – feel free to mix and match any other fruit you want, but don’t complicate it – it’s simple and tasty already!
Featured art: Gerald Murphy, Wasp and Pear, 1929, oil on canvas
Recipe adapted from here