Picnics - A Journey through time and cultures

This gallery presents artworks that depict picnic scenes from different cultures and periods of time. Such diverse artworks reflect the different practices associated with picnics. As diverse as the works themselves are the techniques and media employed by the artists in order to capture the essence of picnics. Come explore the evolution of picnics through time and cultures!

This early 17th century Japanese painting on a scroll depicts a peaceful and delightful picnic on the mountains. The blossom of the cherry trees shows that it is spring and, therefore, time to be entertained outdoors.
This Islamic mix of drawing and painting is highly detailed and even contains features made of gold. It depicts a nocturnal picnic where musicians and singers are present. The elaboration of the work and the scene represented hint that this is a royal picnic.
This work by Rowlandson applies watercolor to achieve a shiny and bright atmosphere and ink to provide details for the clothes of the characters. It depicts a picnic scene, probably in England or France, where soldiers enjoy spending some time with their loved ones.
This photograph captured a moment in which a real picnic happened. It presents the viewer with a documentation of what Victorian picnics looked like. This work used a new technology of the time to try to seize the light and brightness of a sunny picnic day.
This painting by Hungarian painter Merse utilized the en plein air technique to achieve a composition that resembled the light effects of actual sunlight. Interestingly, Merse developed his technique independently from the Impressionist movement.
This oil painting by Seurat masterfully depicts a picnic scene in which the peace and tranquility of the surroundings are reflected by the placid sunlight. The use of large strokes and the fusion of colors evince Seurat's impressionist style. Additionally, this work was a sketch for his later masterpiece "Sunday Afternoon on the Island of la Grande Jatte".
Made of ceramic mosaic, this piece by Spanish artist Gaspar Homar is incredibly rich in details and skillfully depicts a elite picnic in the Spanish countryside. The use of ceramics is unexpected but intelligent, and results in an artwork that is packed with joyful colors.
With a greater degree of abstraction than the works presented so far, this watercolor by German expressionist August Macke is concerned with transmitting the emotions associated with a picnic on the beach, i.e. pleasure, warmth, joy, rather than depicting an entirely representational picnic scene.
Korean artist Lee In-Sung created this work during the 1930s, when Japan dominated Korea. This work, therefore, reflected traditional Korean practices in order to keep local habits alive. It depicts three people enjoying a picnic on a sunny day by a tree; however, for the people of the time it had a much stronger meaning of remembering traditions.
This painting depicts a Singaporean picnic in a beautiful park. Both European and Asian influences can be seen in this work. For example, the use of bold colors reflects Fauvism, while the white outlines refer to the batik technique. These techniques work together to produce a pleasurable environment for the picnikcers.
This contemporary installation by Korean artist Kim Young has a completely different approach to picnics. It produces the same sensations of pleasantness, rest, and peacefulness as a picnic scene would utilizing instead a flower arrangement, representing order and tranquility, floating on the ocean.
This work by Filipino Forbes Jr. utilizes strong colors and geometrical shapes throughout. It clearly employs post-impressionist styles such as cubism and fauvism. The figures are perceived as humans, even though they appear to be catlike. This picnic scene is less pleasant and peaceful than the others in this collection and may hint at the emotional state of the artist, who died one year after the completion of the work of cancer at only 25.
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