© James R. Valerio. Photograph and digital image © Delaware Art Museum. Not for reproduction or publication.
Luncheon on the Rocks
Date: 1989
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 96 x 84 in. (243.8 x 213.4 cm)
Credit Line: F. V. du Pont Acquisition Fund, 1989
Object Number: 1989-49
About: Valerio's painting is a contemporary response to Édouard Manet's well-known painting, Luncheon on the Grass, considered an exemplar of the French Realist movement. Valerio pays homage to Manet's masterpiece, while refusing to reproduce the scandalous elements of the French painting—the nude women posed with men in contemporary clothing. However, Valerio's abandoned picnic with a lurking snake, does capture some of the strangeness of Manet's picture.
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