Faith Ringgold’s Church Picnic  (1988)

Faith Ringgold’s Church Picnic (1988)

Faith Ringgold’s Church Picnic Story Quilt (1988)  is a painted quilt that portrays the Freedom Baptist Church Sunday School picnic.  Picnic cloths are spread out on the grass and families sit in separate groups eating the foods they have totted along. The children...
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...
Jim Crace’s Being Dead (1999)

Jim Crace’s Being Dead (1999)

Crace’s combination of an awful  picnic and murder is not your average picnic. But Being Dead’s readers often find it so appealing they search for Baritone Bay, the place where the central characters are murdered.  There is no telling where they search...
John Fowles’s The Ebony Tower (1984)

John Fowles’s The Ebony Tower (1984)

Fowles’s The Ebony Tower bears the imprint of Manet’s Le Déjeuner sur l’herbe. Though we’ll never know what Manet’s picnickers are discussing, Fowles provides some context and conversation Like Manet’s picnickers, Fowles’s men are clothed, and...
E.M. Forster’s “The Story of a Picnic” (1904)

E.M. Forster’s “The Story of a Picnic” (1904)

“The Story of a Panic” is one of several stories Leonard Wolff complained that were “Pan-ridden.” It was well-known that Pan was code for identifying gay men and women. Woolf’s complaint implies that a Pan story such as “The Story...
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...
Walter De la Mare’s “The Picnic” (1941)

Walter De la Mare’s “The Picnic” (1941)

De la Mare’s “The Picnic” (1941) may be the saddest story with sandwiches that I know. It’s excruciating memory of Miss Curtis, who she fell in love with no hope of it being requited. Every day, the memory is renewed as she closes the shop she...
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...
May Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings  (1969)

May Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969)

Angelou fondly recalls the “summer picnic fish-fry” with characteristic high spirits. As narrated in her fictionalized memoir, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Angelou explains this was the biggest outdoor event of the year” in the African American Stamps, Arkansas....