Art, Vintage

painting woodstock

this article in the December 1969 edition of US Vogue where they compare scenes from woodstock to famous paintings absolutely made my day – perhaps for obvious reasons. why can’t vogue still be like this?

All nature is but art, unknown to thee; / All chance, direction, which thou eanst not see.” Except you can. As clearly as you can see the sunlit discipline of Seurat you can see direction on those rare, risked occassions when an event slips it man-made plans and becomes a phenomenon, pulling order, unexpected, from chaos – and, at the Woodstock Music and Art Fair, from muf. “Gettysburg,” they called it. A plague of people. A slough. A three-day anguish that no one who was there regrets: Hundreds of thousands of kids come together to enjoy each other in the presence of music, and of peace. They knew about art and nature what Alexander Pope wrote in 1773. They lived for a weekend in the still eye of a hurricane.

please note that i did not make these comparisons myself, i have simply recreated the image comparisons from the original magazine article in higher resolution for your viewing pleasure.

seurat – a sunday afternoon on the island of la grande jatte

manet – le déjeuner sur l’herbe

gauguin – spirit of the dead watching

cezanne – the bathers

vogue scans courtesy of youthquakers

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  • Reply Mariella Monday 14 February, 2011 at 9:37 am

    What a great post!!! The association between woodstock and the paintings is just crazy wonderful…love it

  • Reply pamela Monday 14 February, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    Just Brilliant.

  • Reply April Monday 14 February, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    wow that’s actually a very cool idea – love this post!

  • Reply Dagmarette @ The Finishing School Monday 14 February, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    Oh Vogue classics are brilliant… today its all about the latest pop or teenage star, I wish they would do something above the average clutter, something like this!

  • Reply PATTERN OBSERVER Monday 14 February, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    My favorite post of the day….this is just really, really cool!

  • Reply Anette Monday 14 February, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    Great post!

  • Reply Monday 14 February, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    Wow this is so totally awesome. Made my day! Thanks for posting. xo Lola

  • Reply m.fay Tuesday 15 February, 2011 at 12:45 am

    my favorite post EVER. seriously, doll. happy heart day xo

  • Reply Sarah Morgan Tuesday 15 February, 2011 at 1:57 am

    How wonderful! Such a shame that there aren’t more features like this. Thank you for sharing!

  • Reply Lexie Tuesday 15 February, 2011 at 8:46 am

    this is the best thing i have seen all day. wow. thank you so much for sharing!

  • Reply Angie Thursday 17 February, 2011 at 5:00 am

    Brilliant and beautiful!

  • Reply Arlie Tuesday 1 March, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    Amazing! I just discovered this post and your amazing color comparisons via Where the Lovely Things Are. I had to blog about this and your work, so wonderful! :)

  • Reply Layla Wednesday 2 March, 2011 at 8:19 am

    What an absolutely divine post! i missed it on your blog and came upon it via where the lovely things are. so great! x

  • Reply Bill Monday 19 November, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    Vogue did an artful job. I want to confess that of the two males in the foreground in the water, one is me (on the left). I remember that moment, and have copies of this issue. Woodstock was the event of a lifetime.

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