Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Those Wacky French People

I've had this picture for a very long time. I don't remember where I got it, but I do remember it set me back a whole 95 cents. The print is sort of haphazardly slapped on gold painted particle board, but I personally think that adds to its charm.

At first glance, it's a delightful little scene of French people dancing. But on closer inspection, it's clear that something else is happening...some sort of game involving blindfolds and a large wooden spoon. Can anyone out there tell me what the hell is going on?

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Jane said...

Congrats for being up for the award...I'll go vote right now!

DearHelenHartman said...

Blind man's bluff? It is an interesting picture.

DearHelenHartman said...

Congrats on finaling for the award.

SousLeCharme said...

Ooh, la la! Looks kinky.

De tout, de rien said...

This little painting would probably be worth a heck of a lot more than 95 cents today, I'm sure! It would be fun to get it assessed by one of the people from the Antique Road Show.

This is definitely a version of the game Colin Maillard or Bind Man's Bluff as DearHelenHartman pointed out. I looked it up, and there is a version where you can "feel" people with the spoon and request that they make a bird chirping sound and if you recognize them, you switch places with them. They were so simple back then!

Sherry O said...

I recognized the artist as Goya! These are Spaniards not French, by the way. It is originally titled "The Ladle Game" or, more recently, "Blind Man's Bluff" and hangs in the Prado in Madrid. http://artpuzzlesgallery.com/?Blind-Man-s-Buff-Francisco-de-Goya