What would a reinterpretation of this very famous painting be like? How would one handle it in a post Duchampian world? This is the question I am puzzling over at this very moment. It’s both marvelously frivolous and frankly serious being such an event and the painting represents so much about the times Manet lived in. It’s contemporary to his time and timeless. There is no picnic cloth in that painting. What about the picnic before the picnicers arrive? The possibility of absense gives it potential again.