Matisse lived during France's Belle Époque. Café culture was at its height, and cafés were where artists came together to exchange stories, discuss ground breaking artistic styles, and eat good food. This good food has a history.
Our arresting bit of visual mixology, another flight back in time, was modeled by Karl L. H. Műller (1820-1887). As the Duchess says to Alice in Wonderland, "Everything's got a moral if only you can find it."