Thursday, December 12, 2013

How Many Picnics by Picasso and Others?

Pablo Picasso, 1965
Appropriated verbal, musical and visual art is one of the main art messages today and for a long time.  Viz. Sharon Core's pastries, Christopher Wool, Daniel Buren's stripes and John Baldesarri's Double Bill combo of several borrowed images like "Sausage and Eggs."

Rather frequently, Pablo Picasso appropriated the famous art image through many versions
Everyone is acquainted with the shocking and blatantly immoral painting by Edouard Manet, "Luncheon on the Grass" (le Dejeuner sur l'herb), 1862-63.

Two well-dressed gentlemen lounge on the ground and their guest, a wanton woman, gazes brazenly straight into our eyes. Shocking! What was this expressionist painter thinking?

It just so happened that Manet's daring and eventual sucesss inspired many other painters, many of whom produced their own version of this image. Picasso, 1962     

Lee Miller (Born Elizabeth Miller, 1907-1977, Poughkeepsie, NY)  Picnic, 1937 (silver gel print) Model , muse and artist      
Her photograph Picnic: Nusch and Paul Eluard, Roland Penrose, Man Ray and Ady Fidelin, Ile Sainte-Marguerite, Cannes, France (1937, above) portrays a similar outdoor social event. The bare-breasted women cloaked with towels around their hips and clothed male artists relax around a low table in the dappled sunlight. It’s time for fun and frivolity in the vocabulary of the French Impressionists.



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