More from Inspector Panda…

…and his latest mystery.  Or maybe more accurately, a little more on Babette’s story of her great-great-great-great-gasp-great-great grandmama. There will be an art history quiz at the end.

For those of you who have missed the first 4 episodes, you can see Episode 1: hereEpisode 2: here, and Episode 3: here. And just because I’m that kind of bear, I am reposting episode four, along with today’s episode:

Why DOES Mr Wu have a piece of tape on his right ear?

Episode four of The case of the Picturesque Panda…

And now, for today’s episode….

Let's see who stayed awake during art history classes!

Let’s see who stayed awake during art history classes!

I told you there would be a quiz, didn’t I? The first 5 people to CORRECTLY identify all five of the painting references (by artist, extra credit for titles) will receive a small envelope full of panda swag. You can leave your answers in the comments. I will contact the winners for their addresses. (US addresses only, sorry, Vicky, but you should be getting a whole BOX of panda swag any day now!)

And I would be remiss, if I did not mention that yesterday was Canada Day, better known around here as Panada Day! Thanks again to Liam Francis Walsh who suggested this drawing:

 

Oh Panada, Oh Panada, how tasty are your maple leaves....

Oh Panada, Oh Panada, how tasty are your maple leaves….

And would someone please tell the morons who are setting off fireworks NOW, that the 4th of July is FRIDAY?????

Sigh…being the bear….
Bob T. Panda

 

49 thoughts on “More from Inspector Panda…

  1. Barb Boyd

    OK – here goes…L-R, top to bottom:

    1. Madame Moitessier (Madame Mon Amour) by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres; 2. Star Dancer by Edgar Degas; 3. Afternoon Tea by Bittinger; 4. Woman With a Parasol by Monet; 5. Whistler’s Mother by James Whistler….

    Am I close?

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    1. Panda in Chief Post author

      Alas, you only got three out of four correct. I won’t tell you which ones right now, till the rest of the folks have a chance to try their luck. (I mean, it wouldn’t be fair if I gave them the answers, would it?) Thanks for taking the quiz. (obviously you did not sleep through art history like “some” people did.)

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          1. Panda in Chief Post author

            Maybe…we’ll see how many entries there are. Maybe the five “most right” answers will prevail. stay tuned.

      1. Panda in Chief Post author

        Huzzah! you are correct! The Mary Cassatt painting resides in your fair city of Boston, but as far as I know, they only exhibit the one with people in it.

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  2. Cyndi

    Madame X by John Sanger Sargent; La Promenade by Claude Monet, Whistler’s Mother by James Whistler; Cup of Tea by Mary Cassett; Star Dancer by Edgar Degas
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    1. Sandra Parshall

      Monet painted more than one woman with a parasol, all very similar, and I seem to recall that one is indeed called The Promenade. (Anne can confirm or deny. 🙂 ) A boy is present in at least one parasol painting, but not in all.

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  3. Sandra Parshall

    I know 4 of them, but the woman in Bittinger’s Afternoon Tea isn’t wearing a hat and coat, so I don’t know what your version represents. It looks familiar…

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    1. Panda in Chief Post author

      Actually, I can’t remember if the woman in the original painting is wearing a hat either, since I didn’t um…look it up again. I can give the hint that the actual painting resides in the Museum of Fine Art in Boston. I got to see this painting last year on my museum extravaganza last fall.

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    1. Panda in Chief Post author

      I’m probably not giving anything away to confirm that this painting is indeed Whistler’s Mother’s Panda (Otherwise known as “Arrangement in Black, White, and gray”)

      By the way, you are going to be making a return guest appearance in tomorrow’s Fabulous Furry Friday Encore Presentation. (My diatribe on the bombastic nature of the 4th of July as celebrated out here in the provinces (Hey! let’s set off fireworks and burn down the island!))

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  4. Sandra Parshall

    You realize, don’t you, just how many impressionist paintings were done of women drinking tea at tables? One might get the (cough) impression that ladies back then did little else. So I think this is a trick question. 🙂

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    1. Panda in Chief Post author

      No, it’s actually not a trick question, or at least it wasn’t meant to be. I’ll reveal the answer tomorrow. I had a very specific painting in mind, although I was too lazy to look it up in my books to represent it accurately, so I suppose in that respect, it was a trick question.

      All will be revealed tomorrow.

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      1. Gail

        That striped chair! I knew I’d seen it before. Mary Cassett’s Cup of Tea. I took my one and only art history class in Boston many many years ago. Not sure I knew it from back then, but I visited that museum twice in the last two years and must have been paying attention… maybe.

        I also recognize John Singer Sargent’s Madame X from Minette’s exotic pose!

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        1. Panda in Chief Post author

          That is one of my favorite Cassatt paintings, and I too, have gotten to visit it recently in Boston.

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  5. seattlegirl91sk

    Could Minette be the breathtakingly beautiful Babette de Panda’s mother or grandmother? Might the mysterious, ethereally celestial fairy-winged creature and multi-talented Bee the Bear be some sort of descendant of Minette?

    As for the art stuff. I studied Art History abroad in England, like a hundred years ago. I used my spare time at university wisely my first go-around. I joined a sorority and considered myself a femme fatale. So sorry to fail you Bob T. Panda. The second time around I conquered the campus.

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    1. Panda in Chief Post author

      Actually, Minette is Babette’s grea-great-great-great-great-gasp-great grandmother, or so she SAYS, and yes, it is very possible that Bee (the bear) is also a descendent of Minette.
      I’m so sorry you spent your university Art History career vamping around to pubs (hey! why didn’t I try that? I merely slept through all the lectures, the dark room, the hum of the projector, the stupefying voice of the professor…who wouldn’t fall asleep?) How wonderful to be in jolly England, anyway.

      A note to all of you who actually answered the questions, I will reveal the answers in tomorrow’s post, as well as reveal the winners.

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  6. DoxieDad

    1. Portrait of Madame X by John Singer Sargent; 2. Edgar Degas; 3. Cassat (probably not – I know I have seen this but can’t find it) 4. Woman With a Parasol by Monet; 5. Whistler’s Mother by James Whistler….

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    1. Panda in Chief Post author

      Yes, #3 was Cassatt, so you are a winner! Huzzah!!!! BTW, the Mary Cassatt painting lives at the Mueum of fine Arts in Boston, one of my favorite museums, especially for their large permanent collection of Sargent paintings. (Hmmm, I wonder if there was a group of toddler pandas available for him to paint a panda-esque version of “The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit?”) I shall put my team of art historical researchers on this question.

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        1. Panda in Chief Post author

          Yay, Doxiedad. I never said that contestants couldn’t get help. Any help, whether by person or Google was OK. It’s fun to get people thinking about art. (part of my subversive plan, don’t ‘cha know?)

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    1. Panda in Chief Post author

      Ha ha! No, it wasn’t Mary Poppins, but that was an excellent guess. Perhaps in a futire episode, Babette will star in a re-creation of Mary Poppins. Good casting, don’t you think?

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  7. Sue

    1. John Sargent Singer–Portrait of Madame X
    2. Degas–L’etoile (Looks like Princess Pinky when she’s doing her ballet :))
    3. Jean Baptiste Chardin–The Tea drinker; or maybe it’s Mary Cassatt (the striped chair reminds me of a Cassatt painting.)
    4. Monet–Madame Monet and her Son-Woman with a Parasol
    5. John Whistler–Whistler’s Mother

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    1. Panda in Chief Post author

      Actually, Whistler’s first name is “James”, but we will not disqualify you on that little technicality. congratulations for getting all correct!

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  8. Vicky Vladic

    Yes! Bob T. could wish for a nanny to help him with the Panda Kindergarten – voila! – Babette arrives.
    Imagine the songs you could write:
    “A Spoonful of Sugar Makes the Cuppycakes Rise”
    “Supercuppycakesdeliciousextrapandadoses!”
    “Feed The Pandas (Tuppence a Cuppycake)”
    I could go on – but I won’t 🙂

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  9. Sandra Parshall

    Do you mean the Mary Cassatt painting? There are two women in it, which is why it didn’t occur to me. One of them is indeed wearing a hat, and the other one is in the same posture as Minette.

    There’s also an over abundance of impressionist paintings by Monet and Renoir of women with parasols, but there’s only one Madame X (I was awestruck by the Sargent exhibit at the National Gallery), only one Star Dancer, only one Whistler’s Mother.

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    1. Panda in Chief Post author

      Yes, it is indeed the Mary Cassatt painting, and I thought maybe there were two women in the painting, but of course, poor Ms Cassatt only had one panda to model for this painting, so this is a different version. I guess that makes this a trick question.

      Lucky you to have seen the Sargent exhibit at the National Gallery. I believe Madame X normally resides at The Metropolitan Museum in NYC, where I got to see her on my museum binge last fall.

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  10. Cara

    The panda in the tutu…..is it only me who sees a cultural reference not to Degas’ ‘ballerina’ ….but to Fantasia ….and the dancing hippos?

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    1. Panda in Chief Post author

      Ha ha! I hadn’t actually thought of that. But since Walt Disney was not around in late 18th century paris, I’m afraid that answer is incorrect. Excellent idea, though.

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  11. Sandra Parshall

    Anne, did you know that the National Gallery currently has a Cassatt/Degas exhibit? It includes of 70 works that demonstrate not only his influence on her but her influence on him. Come back to DC before October and you can see it for yourself. And you can see the princess again too, of course.

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    1. Panda in Chief Post author

      Aw, wish I could come back before October, but I did get to see the show on my trip there last May. It was,, indeed, most excellent.

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    1. Panda in Chief Post author

      I can’t recall. (that must have been “one” of the lectures I …um…slept through.

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      1. Sandra Parshall

        No, no, I meant I thought at first glance that Minette in your drawing was holding a dog, and I kept trying to think of a Monet parasol painting with the woman holding a dog. No reflection on your drawing, just an example of the crazy way my mind works (and perhaps my poor eyesight!).

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  12. Sandra Parshall

    You cleverly combined the hat of one woman in Cassatt’s painting and the posture of the other. So some part of your brain was indeed remembering all the details of the original.

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    1. Panda in Chief Post author

      Well, I think the woman sitting in that pose had her hair pulled back, and Minette didn’t want to wear a wig.

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