Friends, the images in this post speak for themselves, pretty much. But when did that ever stop Bean from talking anyway.
Recall this picture, which Bugs found for Ms. Alice Walton’s apparently excellent museum:
Recall that according to Wikipedia, at least, or at least at the time Bean wrote the earlier post, or at least at the time Bean believed what she thought she saw, the title of the picture, at least in Bean’s mind, was “Girl In Red Dress With Cat And Dog,” by Ammi Phillips.
So the first question is: What did Bean really see? You’ll learn why this has become a question next.
Recall that at the time, Bugs pointed out the obvious. Look again if you’re still wondering.
Now forward to yesterday, when Bean received her holiday package from Kim.
It seems fair to assume that Kim sent this package before Bugs wrote the Memo to Ms. Walton.
Now examine one item in the package from Kim: A booklet of stickers, in the Dover Fine Art Stickers collection. It contains this image:
When Bean backchecked the Wikipedia link she had looked at before, she now finds that the title of the first picture has become — no complicated modern-day concept-art overthink here — “Girl In A Red Dress.” Full stop.
So the second question was: Did some Wiki-elf read this blog, and then go back and change the entry? Reeeeally? Or (more likely), is Bean losing her faculties even faster than previously realized?
Editor’s Note: Bean’s second question is unduly self-fascinated. The explanation is more pedestrian. It appears that the “With Cat” picture is in the American Folk Art Museum (not pictured), and the “Without Cat” is in the Daniel Terra collection (pictured). Bean no doubt conflated the two Wiki-entries and cooked up the mystery, out of whole cloth, where none really existed. Bean has a rich inner life. The artist, on the other hand, apparently knew what worked for him and went with it. Many times. Perhaps Bean could follow his example.
The third question, which remains unanswered, however, is: How come Kim knew to send this?
That we shall probably never know.