Lucas Cranach, the Elder’s The Fountain of Youth (1546)

Lucas Cranach, the Elder’s The Fountain of Youth (1546)

Cranach’s paintings often conflate the spiritual and erotic, particularly The Fountain of Youth and The Golden Age, both completed in 1546.  The subjects seem pagan, but his friendship with Martin Luther deeply influenced Cranach. The Fountain of Youth...
Ludolf Bakhuizen’s  Picnick aan zee  (1701)

Ludolf Bakhuizen’s Picnick aan zee (1701)

Bakhuizen embellished this seascape (his usual subject ) with a group of picnickers. The word picnic was used in Europe in 1701. The contemporary title Picnick ann zee is appropriate but inaccurate. A century later, Turner embellished many of his picturesque views...
Francisco Goya’s Merienda a orillas del Manzanares (1776)

Francisco Goya’s Merienda a orillas del Manzanares (1776)

Francesco de Goya. Merienda a orillas del Manzanares [Picnic At the Edge of the Manzanares River] (1776) is a tapestry painting intended for the dining room of Prince and Princess of Asturias in the San Lorenzo Palace in Madrid. Goya described the subject as a...

Louis Le Brocquy’s A Picnic (1940)

Anne Madden, Louis Le Brocquy’s second wife, remembers only that his A Picnic model was a friend. Perhaps, she didn’t recall or know that the woman in black and white  (besides the umbrella) is Le Brocquy’s first wife, Jane Stoney. (She’s the same woman with the same...
Lennart Anderson’s Idylls (1955-2015)

Lennart Anderson’s Idylls (1955-2015)

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, Anderson referenced Matisse’s Luxe, Calme et Volupté as a modern arcadian idyll but does not...
John Bellamy’s Lovers by the Sea (nd)

John Bellamy’s Lovers by the Sea (nd)

Strange figures and vibrant color. The setting appears to be a sailboat 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.  Above the funnel (lower right) is the partial face of an...
Carl Haag’s Luncheon at Cairn Lochan (1868)

Carl Haag’s Luncheon at Cairn Lochan (1868)

Victoria wore black even before her beloved Prince Albert died in 1861. Carl Haag’s  Luncheon at Cairn Lochan depicts the royal family picnicking in Scotland. Painted in 1868, Haag based the scene on an episode in 1861, three months before Prince Albert’s death. Haag...
Laura Knight’s Picnics (1907-1912)

Laura Knight’s Picnics (1907-1912)

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 the freedom of expression and technique throughout her...