Lennart Anderson’s Idylls

Lennart Anderson’s Idylls

Anderson series of Idylls are picnicky, filled with people happily dancing and singing on the grass, he called the first Bacchanal and the other Idylls. In an interview, he referenced Matisse’s  Luxe, Calme et Volupté as a modern arcadian idyll but does not mention...
John Wyndham’s The Day of the Triffids (1951)

John Wyndham’s The Day of the Triffids (1951)

Bill Masen and Josella Platon, exhausted survivors of vicious triffids, mutant plants with a taste for human flesh and blood, are stranded in a ruined landscape of Southampton. Wistfully, they are waiting to escape to Isle of Wight, a new Eden, which has been cleared...
John Bellamy’s Lovers by the Sea

John Bellamy’s Lovers by the Sea

Strange figures and vibrant color. The setting appears to be a sail boat in which a puffin sits beside a bare-breasted woman with a face like a mask. There is a  dog in her lap and a striped tabby at her knee. Food is present but unrecognizable. See: John Bellamy....
Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II’s Carousel (1945)  

Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II’s Carousel (1945)  

Rodgers and Hammerstein II’s joyous clambake is among the significant changes to Ferenc Molnár‘s bleak Liliom. It’s a setup for the unhappiness that follows when Billy Bigelow botches a robbery and dies, leaving his beloved Julie Jordan pregnant and alone....
D.H. Lawrence’s Picnic on a Train in Aaron’s Rod

D.H. Lawrence’s Picnic on a Train in Aaron’s Rod

Aaron Sissons, the protagonist of D. H. Lawrence’s Aaron’s Rod leaves his wife and three young children to find himself. Something he never does. The “rod” is his flute, which he plays well enough to earn a modest living. It is also a pun on his sexuality and...
John Dillwyn Llewelyn’s 1855 Picnic Photograph

John Dillwyn Llewelyn’s 1855 Picnic Photograph

It’s a family affair and except for their clothing not much has changed since John Llewelyn snapped his wife Emma and their children on a hillside above Swansea, Wales. According to family lore, Llewelyn photographed his wife Emma each year on her birthday,...
Laura Knight’s Picnics

Laura Knight’s Picnics

Knight developed her style while at the Lamorna Art Colony in west Cornwall.  She was nineteen years old and married to Harold Knight. Among more experienced artists and in congenial surroundings, she realized a freedom of expression and technique that lasted...
Alfred Hitchcock’s Missing Picnic in Spellbound

Alfred Hitchcock’s Missing Picnic in Spellbound

“Ham or liverwurst,” he asks. “Liverwurst,” she replies with a knowing smile.” It’s the start of a picnic (and a convoluted romance) for Dr. Anthony Edwardes (aka John Ballantyne) and Constance Petersen. Are we meant to wonder at Petersen’s knowing smile as she...

John Leech’s Awful Appearance of Wopps at a Picnic

Knowing that any picnic might dissolve in chaos when attacked by a flying critter, readers of Punch, Britain’s premier satirical magazine, laughed at Leech’s mock tragedy. They might have also smiled patronizingly at the verbal pun “wopps,” the Cockney pronunciation...