Lennart Anderson’s Idylls

Lennart Anderson’s Idylls

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

D.H. Lawrence’s Aaron’s Rod

Aaron Sissons, the protagonist of D. H. Lawrence’s Aaron’s Rod leaves his wife and three young children to find himself. Something he never does. The “rod” is his flute, which he plays well enough to earn a modest living. It is also a pun on his sexuality and...
Laura Knight’s Picnics

Laura Knight’s Picnics

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 a freedom of expression and technique that lasted...
Bonnard’s By the Sea, Under the Pines

Bonnard’s By the Sea, Under the Pines

By the Sea, Under the Pines (1921) is Pierre Bonnard’s picnic of mood and atmosphere not food and drink. It’s situated on the bluff near St. Tropez overlooking the brilliant blue ocean. Around the woman, a man, a child and a recumbent dog, everything is gold, yellow,...
Arthur Rackham’s Ratty and Mole on the Riverbank

Arthur Rackham’s Ratty and Mole on the Riverbank

While Arthur Rackham was dying of cancer,  he persevered completing the series twelve scenes for The Wind in the Willows. it’s purported that his final design was Rat struggling under the weight of his “fat, wicker luncheon-basket.”  I’ve not found hard...