Episode 30: The History Of The Picnic

“A Moveable Feast.” – Ernest Hemingway

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Episode 30: “The History Of The Picnic”

The History of the Picnic In Art:

A milestone in the history of the picnic: Edouard Manet's "Dejeuner sur l'herbe" a.k.a. Luncheon on the Grass.
A milestone in the history of the picnic: Edouard Manet’s “Dejeuner sur l’herbe” a.k.a. Luncheon on the Grass.
Pierre-August Renoir's Luncheon of the Boating People. Renoir's faces are always the jolliest, aren't they? I'd like an invite to this picnic.
Pierre-August Renoir’s Luncheon of the Boating People. Renoir’s faces are always the jolliest, aren’t they? I’d like an invite to this picnic.

 

Claude Monet's
Claude Monet’s “The Picnic”

Check out these slides from The History of the Picnic art exhibition a few years back!

Sources:

 

“Picnicking Through The Ages” – Lydia Zuraw, NPR.

Lynne Olver’s inimitable The Food Timeline.

Walter Levy’s “The Picnic: A History” and his incredible accompanying website, Picnic Wit.

 

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