Thoughts on { A Picnic | Cyril Connolly | Mary Pope Osborne | Roy Lichtenstein | Olga Kurylenko | Elizabeth Enright | Alice Walker | Richard Brautigan | Tom Barrett | Dolly Parton


Edouard Manet The Luncheon on the Grass 1863
Édouard Manet, The Luncheon on the Grass, 1863


“The artist one day falls through a hole in the brambles, and from that moment he is following the dark rapids of anunderground river which may sometimes flow so near to the surface that the laughing picnic parties are heard above.”

Cyril Connolly

“When I was growing up, kids would go outside and play all day and invent things. And my brothers and I pretended our picnic table was a ship one summer. Our bikes were horses, and our trees were forts. We turned everything in the world into make-believe.”

Mary Pope Osborne

“I suppose I would still prefer to sit under a tree with a picnic basket rather than
under a gas pump, but signs and comic strips are interesting as subject matter.”

Roy Lichtenstein

“I was on the beach every summer. That was the pleasant part of my childhood because we were right by the sea. We’d take a picnic, and I’d spend hours in the water until I turned blue. You couldn’t get me out of there.”

Olga Kurylenko

“A picnic is more than eating a meal, it is a pleasurable sate of mind.”

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“Never plan a picnic’ Father said. ‘Plan a dinner, yes, or a house, or a
budget, or an appointment with the dentist, but never, never plan a picnic.”

Elizabeth Enright, The Four-Story Mistake, 1942

“Tea to the English is really a picnic indoors.”

Alice Walker

“Skill without imagination is craftsmanship and gives us many useful objects
such as wickerwork picnic baskets. Imagination without skill gives us modern art.”

Tom Stoppard

“I’ll affect you slowly
as if you were having a picnic in a dream.
There will be no ants.
It won’t rain.”

Richard Brautigan, Loading Mercury With a Pitchfork, 1976

“When I’m home, I spend Sunday with my husband. If we’re not cooking, we travel around in our camper, stop at fast-food restaurants, and picnic. We love that stuff that will harden your arteries in a hurry.”

Dolly Parton

“If the rain spoils our picnic, but saves a farmer’s crop, who are we to say it shouldn’t rain?”

Tom Barrett


Instant Views [o.] Picnic Time (1890-1967) | Photos by Herbert List / Ambrose Kiehl / Henri Cartier-Bresson

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