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, Anderson referenced Matisse’s Luxe, Calme et Volupté as a modern arcadian idyll but does not...
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....
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...
Leonora Carrington’s Surrealistic Pastoral Picnic

Leonora Carrington’s Surrealistic Pastoral Picnic

As with many of Carrington’s surrealistic paintings, they are enigmas. Maybe they are snapshots of her inner life—a mix of personal relationships, dreams, alchemy, astrology, myth, and probably alcohol and drugs influence all. You may find the compositions appealing...
Andrea Kowich’s Tea

Andrea Kowich’s Tea

A glum, funny picnic. Featured Image: My tea runneth over. See: Andrea Kowich. Tea (1986), Acrylic on canvas
Ando Hiroshige’s Cherry Blossom Viewing at Gotenyama

Ando Hiroshige’s Cherry Blossom Viewing at Gotenyama

Hiroshige’s sly sense of humor turns this hanami topsy-turvy. What his title Cherry Blossom Viewing at Gotenyama does not suggest tis that hanami is a drunken brawl. Well into the afternoon, some of the men are fist fighting and providing spectacle for of nearby...
Pál Szinyei Merse’s  Majális

Pál Szinyei Merse’s Majális

Majális is Pál Szinyei Merse’s staid Hungarian middle-class-style homage to Manet’s Dejeuner sur L’herbe. Everyone is buttoned-up. Though this is obviously a picnic, the title means “Mayfair.” Merse does not use the Hungarian loanword piknik or the expression jó s...
Gwen Raverat’s Period Piece Picnics

Gwen Raverat’s Period Piece Picnics

“Heroic Survivors of the Picnic.” is Gwen Raverat’s bittersweet memory of a miserable picnic. It’s the next-to-last anecdote in her memoir Period Piece: A Cambridge Childhood. I think she means to suggest that life was no picnic, but that she has no remorse. Despite...
Paul Sample’s Church Supper

Paul Sample’s Church Supper

This dour and static dinner on the grounds is Paul Sample’s Church Super. His take on his wife Sylvia’s hometown in Westmore, Vermont. At a glance the supper is ordinary, but many details tell otherwise. Though the minister is calling the picnickers for grace, many...