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The greatest picnics in paintings

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The greatest picnics in paintings

  1. 1. The greatest picnics in paintings
  2. 2. Picnics In Art People have been eating outdoors since the dawn of humanity. Dining outdoors it became a common subject for artists attracted both to the pastoral imagery and to the wealthy people who embraced the pastime. But the picnic really came to the foreground of art history with Édouard Manet's 1862 painting Le Déjeuner sur l'Herbe (Luncheon On The Grass) .... the greatest painting in the history of Western art, rejected by the Paris Salon and scorned by Napoleon III. himself ! But Manet’s pastoral scene is not much of a picnic: just some fruit and a brioche, tumbling out of a basket and onto the grass and the nude woman’s discarded clothes. What’s significant is not the fanciness of the picnic, but its newness – no more mythology, no more moralising, just the blunt facts of modern life.
  3. 3. MANET, Edouard Le déjeuner sur l'herbe (Luncheon on the Grass) A naked lady wouldn’t normally shock a 19th-century gentleman if she looked like Venus or was called Danae. But a naked lady who looked like a contemporary French courtesan, who moreover sat in company of clad men, was simply outrageous. In addition, she looked directly at the viewer, as if challenging him and saying: ‘Hey, you hypocrite, don’t you think that you’re like one of these guys next to me who treat women like objects?’ That was too much for the French Salon – the painting was rejected.
  4. 4. MANET, Edouard Le déjeuner sur l'herbe (Luncheon on the Grass) 1863 Oil on canvas, 208 x 265 cm Musée d'Orsay, Paris
  5. 5. MANET, Edouard Le déjeuner sur l'herbe (Luncheon on the Grass)(detail 1863 Oil on canvas, 208 x 265 cm Musée d'Orsay, Paris
  6. 6. MANET, Edouard Le déjeuner sur l'herbe (Luncheon on the Grass)(detail 1863 Oil on canvas, 208 x 265 cm Musée d'Orsay, Paris
  7. 7. MANET, Edouard Le déjeuner sur l'herbe (Luncheon on the Grass)(detail 1863 Oil on canvas, 208 x 265 cm Musée d'Orsay, Paris
  8. 8. MANET, Edouard Le déjeuner sur l'herbe (Luncheon on the Grass)(detail 1863 Oil on canvas, 208 x 265 cm Musée d'Orsay, Paris
  9. 9. MANET, Edouard Le déjeuner sur l'herbe (Luncheon on the Grass)(detail 1863 Oil on canvas, 208 x 265 cm Musée d'Orsay, Paris
  10. 10. RENOIR, Pierre-Auguste Luncheon of the Boating Party Technically this is a restaurant meal rather than a picnic, but no collection of the art of al fresco pleasure would be complete without the untroubled sensuality of Renoir. Light and flesh fill his world, as men and women enjoy themselves on one of the river trips that were so central to the lifestyle painted and praised by the impressionists. Like an unfinished short story, this painting invites you to speculate on their relationships and wonder what happened next.
  11. 11. RENOIR, Pierre-Auguste Luncheon of the Boating Party 1880-1881 Oil on canvas, 1,302 x 1,756 mm The Phillips Collection, Washington
  12. 12. RENOIR, Pierre-Auguste Luncheon of the Boating Party (detail) 1880-1881 Oil on canvas, 1,302 x 1,756 mm The Phillips Collection, Washington
  13. 13. RENOIR, Pierre-Auguste Luncheon of the Boating Party (detail) 1880-1881 Oil on canvas, 1,302 x 1,756 mm The Phillips Collection, Washington
  14. 14. RENOIR, Pierre-Auguste Luncheon of the Boating Party (detail) 1880-1881 Oil on canvas, 1,302 x 1,756 mm The Phillips Collection, Washington
  15. 15. RENOIR, Pierre-Auguste Luncheon of the Boating Party (detail) 1880-1881 Oil on canvas, 1,302 x 1,756 mm The Phillips Collection, Washington
  16. 16. RENOIR, Pierre-Auguste Luncheon of the Boating Party (detail) 1880-1881 Oil on canvas, 1,302 x 1,756 mm The Phillips Collection, Washington
  17. 17. RENOIR, Pierre-Auguste Luncheon of the Boating Party (detail) 1880-1881 Oil on canvas, 1,302 x 1,756 mm The Phillips Collection, Washington
  18. 18. MONET, Claude Le déjeuner sur l'herbe (Luncheon on the Grass)(central and left panel) For Manet, a picnic is a sly image of decadence and corruption. For Monet, it is untroubled bliss. This early masterpiece by the greatest impressionist – which survives only in fragments – reveals that impressionism is not only a style but an ethos. Consciously rejecting the stiff, moralising manners of their parents, these young people enjoy the open air, the sun, the moment. Monet has painted a hymn to happiness in the here and now.
  19. 19. MONET, Claude Le déjeuner sur l'herbe (Luncheon on the Grass)(central and left panel) 1865-1866 Oil on Canvas, left panel 418 x 150 cm, central panel 248.7 x 218 cm Musée d'Orsay, Grand Palais, Paris
  20. 20. MONET, Claude Le déjeuner sur l'herbe (Luncheon on the Grass)(central panel) 1865-1866 Oil on Canvas, 248x 217 cm Musée d'Orsay, Grand Palais, Paris
  21. 21. MONET, Claude Le déjeuner sur l'herbe (Luncheon on the Grass) (left panel) 1865-1866 Oil on Canvas, 418 x 150 cm Musée d'Orsay, Grand Palais, Paris
  22. 22. MONET, Claude Le déjeuner sur l'herbe (Luncheon on the Grass)(central panel) (detail) 1865-1866 Oil on Canvas, 248x 217 cm Musée d'Orsay, Grand Palais, Paris
  23. 23. MONET, Claude Le déjeuner sur l'herbe (Luncheon on the Grass)(central panel) (detail) 1865-1866 Oil on Canvas, 248x 217 cm Musée d'Orsay, Grand Palais, Paris
  24. 24. MONET, Claude Le déjeuner sur l'herbe (Luncheon on the Grass)(central panel) (detail) 1865-1866 Oil on Canvas, 248x 217 cm Musée d'Orsay, Grand Palais, Paris
  25. 25. MONET, Claude Le déjeuner sur l'herbe (Luncheon on the Grass)(central panel) (detail) 1865-1866 Oil on Canvas, 248x 217 cm Musée d'Orsay, Grand Palais, Paris
  26. 26. MONET, Claude Le déjeuner sur l'herbe (Luncheon on the Grass) (left panel) (detail) 1865-1866 Oil on Canvas, 418 x 150 cm Musée d'Orsay, Grand Palais, Paris
  27. 27. TIZIANO Vecellio Pastoral Concert (Fête champêtre) Titian's poem to rural escape is famous for being parodied by Manet's Le Déjeuner sur l'herbe, yet is itself subversive. Titian portrays two affluent – and clothed – men enjoying the countryside with naked women who are probably courtesans. The painting reflects the louche lifestyle of Titian and his fellow artist Giorgione (to whom the painting was attributed when Manet travestied it). As for the picnic, it's basically a drink of water, but no painting more exquisitely celebrates summer fun in the country.
  28. 28. TIZIANO Vecellio Pastoral Concert (Fête champêtre) 1508-09 Oil on canvas, 110 x 138 cm Musée du Louvre, Paris
  29. 29. TIZIANO Vecellio Pastoral Concert (Fête champêtre) (detail) 1508-09 Oil on canvas, 110 x 138 cm Musée du Louvre, Paris
  30. 30. TIZIANO Vecellio Pastoral Concert (Fête champêtre) (detail) 1508-09 Oil on canvas, 110 x 138 cm Musée du Louvre, Paris
  31. 31. TIZIANO Vecellio Pastoral Concert (Fête champêtre) (detail) 1508-09 Oil on canvas, 110 x 138 cm Musée du Louvre, Paris
  32. 32. TIZIANO Vecellio Pastoral Concert (Fête champêtre) (detail) 1508-09 Oil on canvas, 110 x 138 cm Musée du Louvre, Paris
  33. 33. RUBENS, Peter Paul Peace and War A ripe country feast of fresh fruits proffered by a satyr symbolises the good life in this painting that was created as a political argument. On an official embassy to London to argue for peace with Spain, the diplomat and artist Rubens chose to make his point by painting a picture of the pleasures of peace – literally, its fruits – and all that war would ruin. Little more than a decade later, Britain would be torn by civil war, the picnic trampled underfoot.
  34. 34. RUBENS, Peter Paul Peace and War 1629-1930 Oil on canvas, 203.5 x 298 cm National Gallery , London.
  35. 35. RUBENS, Peter Paul Peace and War (detail) 1629-1930 Oil on canvas, 203.5 x 298 cm National Gallery , London
  36. 36. RUBENS, Peter Paul Peace and War (detail) 1629-1930 Oil on canvas, 203.5 x 298 cm National Gallery , London
  37. 37. RUBENS, Peter Paul Peace and War (detail) 1629-1930 Oil on canvas, 203.5 x 298 cm National Gallery , London
  38. 38. RUBENS, Peter Paul Peace and War (detail) 1629-1930 Oil on canvas, 203.5 x 298 cm National Gallery , London
  39. 39. POUSSIN, Nicolas The Triumph of Pan This picnic has got out of control. Grapes and wine need a bit of ballast – some sandwiches might have helped. The worshippers of Pan are going wild in the country as this goat-legged god releases the bestial in humanity. Poussin's painting echoes scenes of pastoral mayhem like Titian's Bacchanal of the Andrians and ultimately Dionysian images on ancient Greek vases, but compared with such hedonist antecedents Poussin introduces a stern moral tone that is profoundly Christian.
  40. 40. POUSSIN, Nicolas The Triumph of Pan 1636 Oil on canvas, 134 x 145 cm National Gallery, London
  41. 41. POUSSIN, Nicolas The Triumph of Pan (detail) 1636 Oil on canvas, 134 x 145 cm National Gallery, London
  42. 42. POUSSIN, Nicolas The Triumph of Pan (detail) 1636 Oil on canvas, 134 x 145 cm National Gallery, London
  43. 43. POUSSIN, Nicolas The Triumph of Pan (detail) 1636 Oil on canvas, 134 x 145 cm National Gallery, London
  44. 44. POUSSIN, Nicolas The Triumph of Pan (detail) 1636 Oil on canvas, 134 x 145 cm National Gallery, London
  45. 45. BRUEGEL, Pieter the Elder The Harvesters Most images of picnics in art, from Titian to the plein air lunches of the impressionists, show leisured folk ... but this painting recognises the stolen pleasures of the rural poor. In a moment's rest from back-breaking toil, the harvesters are having a rustic meal that looks as desirable as any in art. Is Bruegel saying that work makes food and drink taste even better? Or simply that peasants are human beings with rights and needs? Whatever its meaning, this is a great document of people's history.
  46. 46. BRUEGEL, Pieter the Elder The Harvesters 1565 Oil on wood, 116.5 x 159.5 cm The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
  47. 47. BRUEGEL, Pieter the Elder The Harvesters (detail) 1565 Oil on wood, 116.5 x 159.5 cm The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
  48. 48. BRUEGEL, Pieter the Elder The Harvesters (detail) 1565 Oil on wood, 116.5 x 159.5 cm The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
  49. 49. BRUEGEL, Pieter the Elder The Harvesters (detail) 1565 Oil on wood, 116.5 x 159.5 cm The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
  50. 50. STEEN, Jan Two Men and a Young Woman making Music on a Terrace A light lunch of fruit and wine has contribut ed to the relaxed manners of these young people as they dice with moral danger. Steen is an artist who mocks and warns in the same brushstroke. Is he a tolerant observer or a severe Christian judge? Either way, the music these pleasure-seekers are making on their Dutch picnic is leading to loose ways.
  51. 51. STEEN, Jan Two Men and a Young Woman making Music on a Terrace 1626 - 1679 Oil on wood, 43.8 x 60.7 cm National Gallery, London
  52. 52. STEEN, Jan Two Men and a Young Woman making Music on a Terrace (detail) 1626 - 1679 Oil on wood, 43.8 x 60.7 cm National Gallery, London
  53. 53. STEEN, Jan Two Men and a Young Woman making Music on a Terrace (detail) 1626 - 1679 Oil on wood, 43.8 x 60.7 cm National Gallery, London
  54. 54. STEEN, Jan Two Men and a Young Woman making Music on a Terrace (detail) 1626 - 1679 Oil on wood, 43.8 x 60.7 cm National Gallery, London
  55. 55. GOYA Y LUCIENTES, Francisco de Picnic on the Banks of the Manzanares Francisco de Goya's 1776 painting The Picnic is an early example of the picnic in art. The scene it sets might give us picnic-envy today. Though the painting shows the lower artisan class merrymaking along the river, historically, its own surroundings have been much posher: It was part of a series that hung in El Pardo palace near Madrid.
  56. 56. GOYA Y LUCIENTES, Francisco de Picnic on the Banks of the Manzanares 1776 Oil on canvas, 271 x 295 cm Museo del Prado, Madrid
  57. 57. GOYA Y LUCIENTES, Francisco de Picnic on the Banks of the Manzanares (detail) 1776 Oil on canvas, 271 x 295 cm Museo del Prado, Madrid
  58. 58. GOYA Y LUCIENTES, Francisco de Picnic on the Banks of the Manzanares (detail) 1776 Oil on canvas, 271 x 295 cm Museo del Prado, Madrid
  59. 59. GOYA Y LUCIENTES, Francisco de Picnic on the Banks of the Manzanares (detail) 1776 Oil on canvas, 271 x 295 cm Museo del Prado, Madrid
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