Bean Has Questions

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:

Here are the two images, side-by-side for comparison purposes:

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.

About nadbugs

Anita loves cats. This must be because she, too, has had nine lives. She’s been dancing since she could walk, she was a commercial artist and advertising producer, she earned a third-degree black belt in Aikido, she is a drummer with the Afrique Aya Dance Company, she is an attorney, and she’s a meditator and a devoted student of Nonviolent Communication. She also spent one lifetime sidelined with a devastating back injury in 1992. Since then – FELDENKRAIS METHOD® to the rescue. The FELDENKRAIS METHOD is all about dreaming concretely – thinking intelligently and independently by way of a gracious and kind physicality. The work affords all who study it a process by which to reach, with movement, into the mind and the heart, to make nine lives into one whole being.
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14 Responses to Bean Has Questions

  1. Marcy Benham says:

    Simple….cat magic!

  2. Oldcat says:

    Apparently the artist had that IPhone app that adds kitties to pictures…

  3. rumpydog says:

    OK, but what happened to the other cat???

  4. So many thoughts – I don’t know where to begin… I wonder if the little girl SANS CAT is really giving the artist the bird, but he edited it and changed fingers. And I hope she doesn’t feel too bad about only having a dog… It seems odd to me that an artist would paint two such similar paintings – a bit lacking in imagination… That poor cat is missing something. Maybe some cow spots would help…

    I think The Bean just really wanted the girl in a red dress to have a cat because the girl is obviously yearning for a cat. It was a very kind Freudian slip.

    • nadbugs says:

      Cow spots! Cow spots! I vote for cow spots. mckmf, you have a heart as big as all outdoors. Of course that’s why Bean got confused. Look at the poor catless-girl’s face. She’s in despair! May all beings be happy! So says –The Bugs.

  5. kimmo says:

    A cat fairy told me to send the stickers!!!! Kim

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