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Competition: Round Twelve

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Manet's "Dejeuner sur l'Herbe," a painting so enigmatic it's haunted me since I was five. (How many of your parents owned "Art Treasures of the Louvre?")

Whassup here? Food and naked ladies are happening, but not a whole lot of fun.

Please write me a story, send me an Art History Major dissertation, or explain what was on the menu. A smart-ass caption would also be welcome.

manet_dejeuner_sur_lherbe.jpg

I feel underdressed. Post your entries here:

"I should have brought a jacket and a green bean casserole!"


Edited by maggiethecat (log)

Margaret McArthur

"Take it easy, but take it."

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1912-2008

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Whassup here? Food and naked ladies are happening, but not a whole lot of fun.

Huh? Is there anything better than food and naked ladies?


peak performance is predicated on proper pan preparation...

-- A.B.

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Dear, where should I attach the wine clip first?


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Manet's "Dejeuner sur l'Herbe," a painting so enigmatic it's haunted me since I was five.  (How many of your parents owned "Art Treasures of the Louvre?")

Whassup here? Food and naked ladies are happening, but not a whole lot of fun.

Yes, to my parents owning a lot of art books (grew up thinking our true last name was "Abrams!") and taking me to the Louvre at 8 years of age ... took my own child there for her 25th birthday ... a wiser notion on my part, it would appear ...

it was, naturellement, as I grew to adulthood that I came to have a greater appreciation of art, food, naked anybodies, and the joys of enigmas ... (do be a dear and don't read this as relating to colonics of any sort!)

I think of this painting as either seductive foreplay for these two men or perhaps a little enjoyable "cigarette" after the first act ... has a certain je ne sais quoi quality to it .. personally like Renoir's Boating Party Luncheon better and Seurat's Afternoon in the Park ... neither makes women look unduly foolish ... but that is just my opinion (credit here to the one and only Dennis Miller ... now he would have just the right caption!!)


Melissa Goodman aka "Gifted Gourmet"

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i would say something about lunching and munching but it would be more on the crude side and less on the brilliant side.


Edited by tryska (log)

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Can't guess what was eaten at the picnic but I reckon the ladies ate too much, loosened their clothing, kept on eating and had to disrobe altogether. :biggrin:

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Dear, where should I attach the wine clip first?

Yikes!

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It is simple. They are two artists, one is painting a clothed model the other is paintin a naked one. They have just taken their lunch break, the clothed model is washing up before she starts modelling. Why isn't the naked one washed. Because her artist has licked his plate and palette clean!

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One of my art history professors always had a thing for fruit and sexuality, so in honor of her, here goes:

Traditionally, fruit has been used as a symbol of sensuality. In the picture before you, you see the sensual and ripeness of the models echoed in the sensual and ripe fruit in the foreground: apples, plums, cherries. It is no coincidence that soft curves of the fruit are mimicked in the soft curves of the models - they play off each other to draw the view into the decadent world of the artist.

Wow! It's like I'm back in that dark classroom, discussing slide after slide of fruit symbolism, except I'm not falling asleep after the second hour...

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