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Blue Christmas

Tuesday, December 17, 2013


Artists’ jobs are to interpret the world around them, so for any topic, subject matter, or holiday, there is bound to be some art made about it. Here is one such piece by Douglas Bourgeois, entitled Blue Christmas, that is especially appropriate this time of year. Curator of the Collection Beth Batton unearthed this example from the Museum’s permanent collection.

“Because the viewer knows it’s Christmas, there is a joyful expectation,” said Batton. “But the title, Blue Christmas, and the body language of the subject offers the possibility that the holidays can also be lonely and melancholy day for some. The experiences are different for each individual.”

We wish you and yours the happiest of holidays, and if you find yourself sprawled out on the bed like the man in Blue Christmas, may it be from overeating or the exhaustion of spending quality time with family and friends.

Douglas Bourgeois (born 1951), Blue Christmas, 1981. oil on canvas. 14 in. x 14 in. Collection of Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson. Gift of George Febres The Jules Laforgue Collection of Louisiana Art. 1994.003. Copyright © the artist.