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François Barraud | La Tailleuse de Soupe | Rustic Onion Soup

 François Barraud | La Tailleuse de Soupe In "La Tailleuse de Soupe," a painting from 1933 by François Barraud, we witness a scene imbued with mystery and a touch of surrealism, both characteristics that pervade many of Barraud's works. The title originates from the French verb "tailler" which means "to cut" or "to carve". This painting captures an intriguing domestic moment. A young girl, adorned with a large orange ribbon, sits at a table where a large steaming tureen of soup sits. She gazes at the viewer with a somewhat sullen expression, while across from her, her mother, seemingly in a cheerful mood, cuts slices of bread with a distinct smile. The narrative preceding this scene remains unknown. We're left to speculate what might have led to the young girl's mood, her refusal to watch the near-dismemberment of the loaf of bread that her mother enthusiastically carves into thin slices, presumably to accompany the hot soup soon to b

Edvard Munch| The Scream | Spicy Tomato Soup with Chimichurri

 Edvard Munch| The Scream

Edvard Munch, The Scream

"The Scream" is an iconic painting by Norwegian artist Edvard Munch, created in 1893. This highly expressive work of art is known for its vivid colors, bold brushstrokes, and the haunting image of a figure with a distorted, agonized face. The central figure is set against the backdrop of a swirling, fiery sky, which reflects the turmoil and anxiety depicted in the scene.

The painting is considered a masterpiece of the Expressionist movement, as it powerfully captures the intense emotions experienced by the artist at the time. Munch described the inspiration for the painting as a sudden, overwhelming feeling of dread he experienced while walking with friends at sunset. The unsettling, almost supernatural atmosphere of the piece has made it one of the most recognizable and enduring images in the history of art.



Edvard Munch (1863-1944) was a Norwegian painter and printmaker, best known for his intense and emotionally charged works that played a key role in the development of modern art. Munch was born in Løten, Norway, and his early life was marked by personal tragedies, including the loss of his mother and sister to tuberculosis. These experiences profoundly influenced his artistic vision, leading him to explore themes of loss, love, anxiety, and mortality throughout his career.

Munch was associated with the Symbolist and Expressionist movements, which sought to convey the inner emotional experience of the artist rather than simply reproduce the external world. His style was characterized by bold colors, loose brushwork, and a focus on evoking emotions in the viewer. Some of his other notable works include "Madonna," "The Sick Child," and "The Dance of Life."


Recipe: Spicy Tomato Soup with Chimichurri

Just as Munch's "The Scream" evokes intense emotions through its use of vivid colors and dramatic brushstrokes, this tomato soup can stimulate the senses and evoke strong emotions through its bold flavors and vibrant colors. 



  • 1 cup fresh parsley, packed
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, packed
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, packed
  • 1/2 cup fruity green olives (e.g., Castelvetrano olives), pitted
  • 1 tsp cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 small shallot, minced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes (adjust to desired heat)
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste

Spicy Tomato Soup

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 large red bell peppers, chopped
  • 4 cups ripe tomatoes, chopped (or 1 28-oz can crushed tomatoes)
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes (adjust to desired heat)
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream or coconut milk (optional)



  1. In a food processor, combine the parsley, cilantro, mint leaves, and olives. Pulse until the ingredients are roughly chopped.
  2. Add the red wine vinegar, olive oil, shallot, garlic, and red pepper flakes. Pulse a few more times to combine, leaving the mixture with some texture. Only use a small amount of vinegar, since the tomato soup brings enough acid.
  3. Season the chimichurri with salt and black pepper to taste. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to use.

Spicy Tomato Soup

  1. In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and cook for 3-4 minutes, or until softened.
  2. Add the garlic and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes, until fragrant.
  3. Stir in the red bell peppers, tomatoes, smoked paprika, and red pepper flakes. Cook for about 5 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld together.
  4. Pour in the vegetable broth and bring the mixture to a boil. Lower the heat and let it simmer for 20-25 minutes, until the vegetables are tender.
  5. Use an immersion blender or carefully transfer the soup to a blender, and blend until smooth. If desired, you can strain the soup through a fine mesh sieve for an even smoother texture.
  6. Season with salt and black pepper to taste. Optionally, stir in the heavy cream or coconut milk for a creamier texture.
  7. Serve the soup in bowls and top with a generous spoonful of green chimichurri and optional heavy cream.



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