Monday, June 23, 2014

"The Campers" by Ben Hoffman Abramowitz

I found this woodcut in the Met's collection. The prolific Ben Hoffman Abramowitz passed away in 2011 but still has an active website.

A woman leans her elbows on the balcony rail and gazes out at the landscape, road, and a twisty-twirly tree with three figures seated on a bench beneath. It's not clear what the trio are waiting for, although two out of the three seem to be gossiping to pass the time away. The bald man beside the woman on the balcony turns his head as if he's heard a curious sound or juicy bit of information. Another man, bear-chested, wearing a yellow hat and perched on the farther rail gawks outward in the same direction as the woman. It's a fine view, green, and teeming with life under a cloudless sky.

Vacations are a time to get away from the hum-drum of regular life, relax, yes, but on such hot days, people also need distractions.

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