Larry Rivers’ Picnics (1985-1990)

Larry Rivers’ Picnics (1985-1990)

Rivers’ appreciation of Fernand Léger is expressed in two paintings, Picnic (1985) and The Pleasant Picnic (1990). Picnic closely follows Léger’s  La Partie de Champagne (The Country Outing)  (1952/53), showing a congenial group at the edge of a river or...
Sara & Gerald Murphy picnic in Antibes (1920s)

Sara & Gerald Murphy picnic in Antibes (1920s)

Villa America, Sara and Gerald Murphy’s home in Antibes looked down on a beach called La Garoupe, where they spread oriental carpets on the sand and drank wine and cold Veuve Cliquot. They were prodigious drinkers but what they ate is a mystery. During the 1920s,...
John Banville’sThe Sea (2005)

John Banville’sThe Sea (2005)

Banville’s The Sea is about a man’s untrustworthy memories—less about his dying wife and more about his sexual awakening when he was about eleven years old. Looking back, Max Morden realizes that his observations of the Grace family’s beach picnics “changed his life...
Sylvia Plath’s Picnic at Nauset and “The Colossus”

Sylvia Plath’s Picnic at Nauset and “The Colossus”

Often, Plath’s moods quickly shifted from high to low. There was picnic fun and laughter when she and her friend Elizabeth Cantor picnicked on Nauset Beach, Cape Cod. “They race over the dunes, Plath writes her Journal, “the switchgrass sharp under their feet. Over to...
Michael Bond’s Paddington at the Sea-Side (1975)

Michael Bond’s Paddington at the Sea-Side (1975)

Paddington at the Seaside begins: “Today,” said Mr. Brown at breakfast one bright, summer morning, “feels like the kind of day for taking a young bear to the sea-side. Hands up all those who agree.” So, the Browns pack up the motorcar and drive...
William Montgomery’s Industrial Picnic (1986)

William Montgomery’s Industrial Picnic (1986)

Industrial Picnic is William Montgomery’s satirical vision of how we are desensitized by pollution and learn to make do with what we have. wonderful satire. Featured Image: William B. Montgomery. Industrial Picnic (1986). hand-colored etching.
Ernest Hemingway’s The Garden of Eden (1986)

Ernest Hemingway’s The Garden of Eden (1986)

The Garden of Eden has two picnics; one is unpleasant, and the other happy. They are key moments in the novel, but John Irvin’s film with a script by John Scott Linville omits them. Instead, there are two outings at the beach, neither of which is more than eye candy....