R.A.H. (againstathorn) wrote,
R.A.H.
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Emile Munier - Young Lovers Mocking Pan (1877)




Today I would like to share 'Young Lovers Mocking Pan' by French painter Emile Munier. What appeals to me about this work is Munier's portrayal of our supposedly free-spirited young couple. While their mockery of Pan doesn't seem outright contemptuous toward him directly, they do appear somewhat naive. Perhaps they have Pan confused with another mythological god, one who symbolizes war or authority; I would think Mars or Zeus would more be appropriate targets for their mockery. Pan is known to represent nature and sexuality, so one might assume the young would embrace him rather than poke fun. For me, this is the equivalent of a rebellious youth of today dismissing Jack Kerouac as an old "fuddy-duddy" simply based on him being the product of a previous generation, aware that they might find a kindred spirit in his writings.
Tags: art for the month of june
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