Monday, 12 January 2009

Bumbershoots #2

I don't use an umbrella myself but I'd be happy to support a law requiring them to be colourful.

Having said that, one of my favourite Impressionist paintings is Paris Street, Rainy Day, where all the umbrellas appear to be black.

Just for the record, I don't wear a Top Hat either.


12 comments :

Walker said...

My wife and I saw Paris Stree, Rainy Day this summer at Fort Worth. About 70 of Chicago's painting were on loan. We bought a small copy to hang in our home.

Virginia said...

Nice one, even though I didn't get to put my stamp of approval on it. You saved the day by including Paris Street, Raint Day!!!
V

PS No umbrella? Is that a "Man" thing?? Geeezzz.

Jackie said...

I used to always buy black brollies, thinking it would look better (it wouldn't clash with anything I was wearing). But it's miserable enough with grey skies and all that rain without having to look at it from beneath a ceiling of black. So now I try to buy coloured or patterned ones, and it does make the grey weather marginally more bearable.

Sharon said...

Oh my, you just brought back many memories. My dad and grandfather always called umbrells "bumbershoots".

Wayne said...

Jackie, Good for you. Vancouver is very drab in the rain and it needs all the colour injection it can get. I imagine Glasgow is the same.

V. It's not a man thing, it's a me thing.

Wayne said...

Walker, I've seen the painting in Chicago, it's much, much bigger than people likely realize from only seeing it in pictures. It used to be the first thing visitors saw even before they bought their tickets at the AIC but that was several years ago.

Sharon, I don't really know where the term originated but I've heard it since I was kid. Seattle has a Bumbershoot Festival every year which sounds like a great event.

Virginia said...

OH I should have known. A ME thing, of course!
Where's my la tour Eiffel bumbershoot??

Rob (Inukshuk Adventure) said...

No Top Hat - illusion shattered.

Babzy said...

i don't use umbrella myself ,but i agree with you it's nice to see them in colors ,nice shot !

Benjamin Madison said...

Nice series, Wayne, but why lie about the hat? Next you'll be telling us you don't have webbing between your toes like other long-time Vancouver residents.

Wayne said...

Benjamin, That was a youthful folly from decades ago that I've been trying to put behind me.

Thanks for taking time out from counting crocuses to stop by.

D.C. Confidential said...

I have a print of Paris Street, Rainy Day hanging in my house. I love that painting!

And I agree: umbrellas should be colorful!