Picnic on the Potomac

When I walked through this scene it immediately reminded me of Seurat’s A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte – 1884, which is probably the most famous example of the pointillism style of painting. It’s interesting to think of how this type of social gathering is so timeless that we can relate to it now just as easily as when his painting was made over a hundred years ago. And no wonder it’s so popular; while these people were enjoying their afternoon in the open grass I continued on towards the cherry blossoms and soon found myself muscling my way through crowds of tourists around the Tidal Basin, all of us battling for space on the narrow walkways flanked with mud on both sides. Clearly sitting by the water was the better option!

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