Ando Hiroshige’s Cherry Blossom Viewing at Gotenyama (1832c.)

Ando Hiroshige’s Cherry Blossom Viewing at Gotenyama (1832c.)

Hiroshige’s sly sense of humor turns this hanami topsy-turvy. The innocuous title Cherry Blossom Viewing at Gotenyama does not suggest is that this is a drunken brawl scene. Well into the afternoon, some of the men are fist fighting and providing spectacle for nearby...
John Sloan’s  Arch Conspirators (1917)

John Sloan’s Arch Conspirators (1917)

Arch Conspirators is a joke. No On a bone-chilling January night, John Sloan and friends he called “conspirators” furtively opened the unlocked door of the Washington Arch in Greenwich Village, climbed to the top, and picnicked. They carried balloons, candles, wood,...
Charles Altamont Doyle’s The Enchanted Picnic (1882)

Charles Altamont Doyle’s The Enchanted Picnic (1882)

Charles Altamont Doyle’s The Enchanted Picnic is sad.  The picnicker, perhaps Doyle himself, having finished four bottles of wine and champagne, is pleasantly suffering delirium tremens. Instead of monsters, the picnicker is smiling at fairies oblivious to their...
Auguste Bousquet’s Le repas de Pierrot  (1834)

Auguste Bousquet’s Le repas de Pierrot  (1834)

According to French usage, Auguste Bouquet’s Le repas de Pierrot looks like a picnic, though a pique-nique was an indoor meal. Bouquet’s Pierrot celebrates Jean-Gaspard Deburau of the Théâtre des Funambules‎ (Theater of the Tightrope Walkers] wh was the most...