Lennart Anderson’s Idylls (1955-2015)

Lennart Anderson’s Idylls (1955-2015)

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...
D.H. Lawrence’s Aaron’s Rod (1922)

D.H. Lawrence’s Aaron’s Rod (1922)

A Aaron Sissons, the protagonist of  Lawrence’s Aaron’s Rod, leaves his wife and three young children to find himself. He’s unsuccessful. The “rod” is his flute, which he plays well enough to earn a modest living. It is also a pun on his cloudy...
Laura Knight’s Picnics (1907-1912)

Laura Knight’s Picnics (1907-1912)

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 the freedom of expression and technique throughout her...
Pierre Bonnard’s By the Sea, Under the Pines (1921)

Pierre Bonnard’s By the Sea, Under the Pines (1921)

By the Sea, Under the Pines (1921) is Pierre Bonnard’s happy family picnic. It’s situated on the bluff near St. Tropez overlooking the brilliant blue ocean. The atmosphere is suffused with gold, yellow, brown, and green, a  palette suggesting happiness and leisure....
John Sloan’s  Arch Conspirators (1917)

John Sloan’s Arch Conspirators (1917)

One January night, John Sloan and a boozy group climbed to the top of Greenwich Village’s Washington Arch. According to Sloan, they toted balloons, candles, baskets of food, wine, a pot for boiling water, and the makings of a campfire. Fictionalized or not, No...