Virginia Woolf’s picnic on Monte Rosa (The Voyage Out)

Virginia Woolf’s picnic on Monte Rosa (The Voyage Out)

Woolf’s picnic on the summit of Monte Rosa, a fictional place in South America, is the high point (pun intended) of The Voyage Out (1915). Journeying on donkeys walking in single file, the narrator creates the image of “a jointed caterpillar, tufted with the white...
 Walt Disney’s Donald Duck’s Picnic

Walt Disney’s Donald Duck’s Picnic

At first Donald Duck’s beach picnic is a pleasant outing. Donald and Pluto setup on the beach for a perfect day. Donald plants an umbrella for shade and spreads a blanket for food. Expectations are high. It doesn’t last, as usual. Featured Image: The surf is clam but...
Ford Motors’ Touring Car Picnic in Advertisement

Ford Motors’ Touring Car Picnic in Advertisement

Twentieth Century motoring greatly expanded opportunities for picnicking by allowing anyone to enjoy the freedom of the road. Fords were ubiquitous cars , and in this advertisement, they reinforced their dominance by claiming “Wherever you live—in town or...
Paul Sample’s Church Supper

Paul Sample’s Church Supper

This dour and static dinner on the grounds is Paul Sample’s Church Super. His take on his wife Sylvia’s hometown in Westmore, Vermont. At a glance the supper is ordinary, but many details tell otherwise. Though the minister is calling the picnickers for grace, many...
Dreiser’s horrid picnic in An American Tragedy

Dreiser’s horrid picnic in An American Tragedy

Years after, Chester Gillette clubbed Grace Brown with a tennis racquet and left her to drown in Moose Lake, New York, Theodore Dreiser came upon the story and recreated it as An American Tragedy. The real murder had no picnic but Dreiser’s unacknowledged fictional...
Matisse’s Joy of Life Picnic

Matisse’s Joy of Life Picnic

Matisse completed The Joy of Life [Le Bonheur de Vivre] (1905-1906), a lovers’ picnic in a garden. There is a  cloth, though there is neither food nor drink. Who was it that said, “Love is not all: it is not meat nor drink”? [Also see Matisse’s Calm, Luxury, and...
A.T. Smith’s  Picnic Fiasco “Slicing the Wasps”

A.T. Smith’s Picnic Fiasco “Slicing the Wasps”

The humor of Smith’s picnic fiasco “Slicing the Wasps” is obvious. The legend reads: “Suitable for both sexes, young and old. Fascinating, amusing, skillful exciting, and with that element of danger.” It’s also an allusion to  to...
Bransom’s The River Bank Picnic in The Wind in the Willows

Bransom’s The River Bank Picnic in The Wind in the Willows

Among the numerous illustrators of I, Paul Bransom’s standout because his portrayal of the character tend to look like animals they are. This is especially evident ion the flyleaf illustration of the “The River Bank.” Others of Bransom’s are more anthropocentric, but...
Nathaniel West’s The Day of the Locust

Nathaniel West’s The Day of the Locust

The Day of the Locust may have been the best novel ever written about Hollywood, but Nathanael West and his publisher Random House miscalculated. They believed an acerbic satire of the film industry and it’s insidious confusion of illusion and reality would sell, but...
Leonid Andreyev’s Nightmare Picnic

Leonid Andreyev’s Nightmare Picnic

Leonid Andreyev’s The Red Laugh is antiwar horror story about Russia’s war in Manchuria. The novel is constantly downbeat and each of its chapters is a fragment, the first of which begins “Horror and Madness.” The picnic happens after soldiers on the front lines drag...