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Published on August 22nd, 2017 | by Magda Michalska

Picnic Time! Best Picnic Inspirations From Art

August picnics or barbecues, when the sun is shining, the grass is green and birds are singing… When the basket is full of yummy sandwiches and bottles of home-made compote… If you’re planning a summer eat-out with your friends and family but want to do it differently than usually, take a glimpse on these picnic inspirations from art!

Picnic Inspiration 1

Pierre Bonnard, Hamburg Picnic, 1908 - 1912, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA, US, picnic inspirations from art

Pierre Bonnard, Hamburg Picnic, 1908 – 1912, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA, US

How about a picnic by the river, while watching a rowing race? That’s a recipe for a delightful afternoon by Pierre Bonnard, a founder of the post-impressionist group called Nabis, which worked in Paris.

Picnic Inspiration 2

Fernando Botero, Picnic, 1989, Private collection, picnic inspirations from art

Fernando Botero, Picnic, 1989, Private collection

Fernando Botero, a contemporary Colombian artist offers us a picnic in his usual exaggerated-volume style. This picnic seems so chilled at first gaze, a healthy basket filled with fruit and vegetables, napping somewhere in the wilderness… , It’s on the second gaze that we notice a hand of the smoking lady and an unsettling eruption of a vulcano in the background.

Picnic Inspiration 3

William Merritt Chase, The Open Air Breakfast, 1888, Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH, US, picnic inspirations from art

William Merritt Chase, The Open Air Breakfast, 1888, Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH, US

Breakfast on a hammock? Is there anything more relaxing than a Sunday branch in your garden? Just remember next time to put up a Japanese screen to make it look more Impressionist!

Picnic Inspiration 4

Paul Cezanne, Luncheon on the Grass, 1869, Private Collection, picnic inspirations from art

Paul Cezanne, Luncheon on the Grass, 1869, Private Collection

In case you are a student on a budget, take example from Cezanne’s interpretation of Manet’s Luncheon on the grass. Just bring what you’ve got, which in this case means many friends and a couple of oranges.

Picnic Inspiration 5

Claude Monet, The Luncheon, 1873, Musée d'Orsay, Paris, France, picnic inspirations from art

Claude Monet, The Luncheon, 1873, Musée d’Orsay, Paris, France

I love the feeling when the picnic is finished and everyone is full and happy, children play outside, adults go for a walk and  the wind dances with the tablecloth and women’s hats.


About the Author

Magda, an art historian-to-be, she writes about art because she cannot make it herself. She loves committed and political artists like Ai Wei Wei or the Futurists; like Joseph Beuys she believes that art can change us and we can change the world.



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