Fred Cress’ An Outing (1996)

Cress’ An Outing defies expectation. No one that I know has managed to project such a cantankerous couple on the grass. Cress is surely squinting at Manet’s Déjeuner sur l’herbe. Maybe? Not happy! See Fred Cress. An Outing (1996)
Zelda Fitzgerald’s A Mad Tea Party (1940s)

Zelda Fitzgerald’s A Mad Tea Party (1940s)

It’s unpicnicky. A Mad Tea-Party is agitated and foreboding, perhaps suggesting Fitzgerald’s unfulfilled (unrealistic) desire to become a ballet dancer. Despite the allusion to Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, this tea party is without humor.  If Fitzgerald is Alice,...
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s The Picnic (1898

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s The Picnic (1898

The Picnic [Le Pique-Nique] was probably suggested to Henri Toulouse-Lautrec by a production at the Theatre des Funanmbules, Paris. The subject is the clown Pierrot, with whom Lautrec identified as a man who does not get the true affection of the woman he loves....
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...
Charles Bukowski’s “Some Picnic ” (1979)

Charles Bukowski’s “Some Picnic ” (1979)

Charles Bukowski’s “Some Picnic ” is mean-spirited –what a picnic ought not to be. I rank it among the most unpleasant and psychologically cruel. When Bukowski says he, his girlfriend Jane, and his parents picnicked and “made a...