The Accident of Modern Art

Let’s just agree that this cartoon from 1897 titled “The Impressionist Landscape,” needs no explanation. Or does it?

3 thoughts on “The Accident of Modern Art

  1. Sarah Burns

    Great image, not sure if it does need a caption.  It’s a lot like John McCutcheon’s 1913 “How to be a post-impressionist paint slinger.” Do you have more detailed information on the original publication venue and date of the “Impressionist Landscape”?  I wonder if McCutcheon could have seen it. All this might go back to what John Ruskin said about Whistler’s Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket,” which he slammed for Whistler’s “cockney impudence” in flinging a pot of paint in the public’s face (though not at the canvas).