As these charming artworks from 17th century Europe show, oysters were an integral part of the food culture in society, celebrated by rich and poor alike. The Dutch still life genre depicts time’s fluid passage reflected in eternal life cycles, passing through decay towards the ultimate fate. An oyster’s life was often depicted as a touchstone of the cycle, one readily understood by the wider population. Oysters in the home, amidst ordinary other food items.
The oyster narrative continues in modern day art glimpsed often through street art, across France especially.
Our suggestion for modern Australians is: make oysters as familiar a part in our evolving kitchen culture, as they were in old and new Europe. Before time takes us.