Faith Ringgold’s Tar Beach (1991)

Faith Ringgold’s Tar Beach (1991)

Ringgold’s tapestry Tar Beach (1988) and her children’s story Tar Beach (1991) portray classic rooftop entertainment. When Cassie Lightfoot flies over the rooftops of Harlem, the lights of the George Washington Bridge glow against the black sky like...
Sevso and Casena Hunting Plates (Late 4th Century)

Sevso and Casena Hunting Plates (Late 4th Century)

The Sevso Plate * (27.8 inches in diameter) may also reference a hunting feast describe by the roman writer Philostratus. But the iconography is Christian. The Chi-Rho situated at the apex of the legend on the plate’s circumference is a symbol for Jesus Christ...

James G. Davis’s Prometheus Bound, Prometheus Unbound (2006)

Davis’s Prometheus Bound, Prometheus Unbound, is a picnic enigma based on the Greek myth of Prometheus. The best-known versions of which are Hesiod’s Theogony (700 BCE) and Aeschylus’ Prometheus Bound, Prometheus Unbound, and Prometheus Fire-Bringer (415 c. BCE). None...
Norman Lindsay’s The Picnic Gods  (1907)

Norman Lindsay’s The Picnic Gods  (1907)

A joke is also at Norman Lindsay’s The Picnic Gods  (1907) is a joke. Usually, Lindsay revels in titillation,  naked buxom women, and muscular men. He took as his mission to rid Australia of its prudish sensibilities, and the content of his paintings and etchings...
Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s The Land of Cockaigne (1567)

Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s The Land of Cockaigne (1567)

Bruegel the Elder’s The Land of Cockaigne, aka Het Luilekkerland, makes you think it’s a picnic. Not. It’s a satirical look at Cockaigne, a mythical place where it’s always spring and never winter, in which life is all play and no work, and food and drink are...
Lien Chien Hsing’s Wilderness Picnic (1962)

Lien Chien Hsing’s Wilderness Picnic (1962)

Linen’s picnic contrasts the pleasure of the moment with the ruin of the past. The dead freighter has been plunked on a grassy meadow. A surrealistic vision of a topsy-turvy world some call magic realism.
Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot’s View Near Naples  (1841)

Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot’s View Near Naples (1841)

At the center of Corot’s View Near Naples is a summery rustic picnic in a grassy field above the Bay of  Naples. Two couples have come for a holiday to eat, drink, sing, and dance. Despite the title’s location, the landscape is imaginary but based on...
Bernard Fleetwood-Walker’s Amity>/em> (1933c.)

Bernard Fleetwood-Walker’s Amity>/em> (1933c.)

Fleetwood-Walker’s Amity (1933 c.) captures the poise of a young couple picnicking. They do not touch. The young man stares at the young woman, who looks off mused in though. She twirls a daisy, suggesting youth and innocence.  The picnic basket next to her, however,...
Sarah Orne Jewett ‘s The Country of the Pointed Firs  (1896)

Sarah Orne Jewett ‘s The Country of the Pointed Firs (1896)

Jewett’s chapters “The Reunion” and “The End of the Feast” from The Country of the Pointed Firs describe Bowden picnic reunion in the fictional town of Dunnet Landing, Maine. The family sit at long tables in a grove of trees overlooking...