Jerome Thompson’s Belated Party on Mansfield Mountain (1858)

Jerome Thompson’s Belated Party on Mansfield Mountain (1858)

Six hikers have reached a plateau near Mansfield Mountain’s top and are ready to picnic just before sunset. Thompson titled the painting a Belated Party to provide tension, and we wonder if the picnickers will safely walk down the 4400-foot mountain in the...
Robert Wise’s The Sound of Music

Robert Wise’s The Sound of Music

  Neither Wolfgang Liebeneiner’s film Die Trapp-Familie (1956) nor Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Broadway production of The Sound of Music (1959) has a picnic. But Robert Wise’s The Sound of Music (1965) glorifies a simple picnic on the Austrian Alps...
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1818)

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1818)

“The most desolate place in the world” is where Mary Shelley was picnicking above the Sea of Ice [Mer de Glace], as it grinds into the Chamonix valley below. Perhaps Mary was having a bad day when she ascended Montanvert? She was tired after several hours of sitting...
Barbara Banks’ “A Tibetan Picnic” (1998)

Barbara Banks’ “A Tibetan Picnic” (1998)

In a pasture at 16,000 feet high surrounded by the Himalayan peaks, Barbara Bank’s Tibetan traveling companions on the road to Lhasa sit enjoying a Tibetan picnic.  The campsite is chosen not by hunger but by availability. Their motorcar is unpacked, a fire lighted,...