New research from the University of Miami suggests that the food painting industry stands on the brink of extinction, as people have found much easier and more timely ways of showing the world what they're eating by simply posting it to Twitter or Instagram.
"Guys like Warhol took countless hours to draw pictures of basic soup cans," said David Steinberg, a social media expert from New York. "But these days it may only take minutes to prepare a beautiful organic soup from scratch, take a picture of it, and post it online."
Steinberg says that in the past, famous painters struggled to show their peers the kinds of foods they consumed on a regular basis. Today, this information is not only a few clicks away, but can be readily accessed by virtually anyone in the world.
"I've heard of some simple fruit paintings by Cezanne and Van Gogh that sold for millions of dollars," said Monica Blair, a student at U of M. "I see no reason why one day, my Instagram'd picture of Eggs Benedict couldn't be worth just as much."
Blair went on to mention that she used the "1977" lens to take the picture of her delicious brunch, giving the photograph the appearance of having actually been taken in 1977.