Is It Art? #carrotranch #flashfiction

This week’s prompt from Charli Mills is watery…

April 19, 2018, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about forest bathing. You can use the Japanese term, Shinrin Yoku, or you can make up your own ideas about the phrase. Go where the prompt leads.

‘Isn’t it a bit, you know, lewd?’

‘Lewd? How can one of the greatest paintings of the 18th century be lewd?’

‘A pre-pubescent girl, naked, bathing. Clearly surprised by the watcher…’

‘She’s a nymph…’

‘He’s a creep…’

‘It’s art…’

‘It’s paedo-porn…’

‘It’s in the National Gallery…’

‘It’s in-a-bloody-propiate…’

‘You can’t apply 21st century standards to 18th century art…’

‘Really? So if it’s categorised as ‘art’, whatever it is, it’s ok?’

‘No, but we mustn’t sanitise our cultural journey…’

‘Cultural journey?’

‘You know… art is a metaphor for social memes…’

‘You’re so full of shit…’

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published four books - Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle, My Father and Other Liars, Salisbury Square and Buster & Moo. In addition I have published two anthologies of short stories, Life, in a Grain of Sand and Life in a Flash. More will appear soon, including a memoir of my mother's last years. I will try and continue to blog regularly at geofflepard.com about whatever takes my fancy. I hope it does yours too. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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13 Responses to Is It Art? #carrotranch #flashfiction

  1. Ritu says:

    Oh this made me laugh!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Hahaha! You have a curmudgeon in your flash fiction this week, but he brings up some excellent points!

    Liked by 2 people

  3. I was going to comment exactly as Shallow Reflections did – so I’ll say nothing…..

    Liked by 1 person

  4. franklparker says:

    I’m so glad you won Dan’s Word Weaver – that’s how I came here and discovered this gem.

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  5. Love your humour Geoff. This was funny.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Charli Mills says:

    These two come up with good arguments! I think if you consider Anne’s flash (Maid Marian #Metoo Moment) then the lewdness has always been there. It’s our cultural acceptance, perhaps that is evolving.

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