Happy Saturday Readers,
Joining in with What Pegman Saw fiction challenge, which brings us to Manitoba, Canada
Here is the photo prompt for today’s 150-word fiction:
Reminder – this is FICTION
Potato Eaters Painting on a Potato Farm
(fiction word count: 150)
Janet, I’m soon to depart this world. Need to confess. You know the Potato Eaters?
“The painting in the hall?”
It’s an original.
Remember Peiter and Garrit – the Dutch farmhands? After the F5 tornado in 2005, they left – fearing tornadoes would wipe out our farm. In their bunk, I found a note – with that painting – thanking me for fair wages. Robert later told me those men were part of a Museum robbery.
“Van Gogh art – in 1991? But that art was recovered.”
It was a lie. Expert replicas were swapped for originals – making it appear botched.
“Uncle, why didn’t you say anything?”
At first, I didn’t believe – sounded like farm tales. Then, during frigid Manitoba winters, the painting connected to my soul. I’d even think about it while cutting wood – the light, faces, lines —
Now what happens to it – is up to you.
“Well, it warms me too.
stays in Manitoba!”
This fiction was based on the fact that Manitoba, Canada is one of the leading potato providers for the world.
Portage la Prairie is a major potato processing center and they provide French fries for global food chains like Wendy’s and McDonald’s. (Who knew?) This led me to thinking globally – and then Vincent Van Gogh’s Potato Eaters painting came to mind. Next, I recalled the art heist back in April 1991. What if that art heist was NOT really botched? They said the art was recovered within less than an hour (35 minutes) but what if? — What if during that time the original art was swapped with expert replicas? My muse led me to have some traveling art thieves hiding out in Canada. The thieves left Canada after Manitoba had that record-breaking F5 tornado hit in 2005. Maybe it was time to go back to Amsterdam. But they also left an original painting behind – to thank a kind boss. Had to include that part because “awesome bosses” are truly a gift to the world (just like awesome art can be) and the potato farmer was kind and left a good vibe with his workers.
Power of Art
Wanted to briefly show another example of how art can speak to humans. Sometimes we glean different things from a painting at different times. A painting can be out of sight – and can still speak to us as we chew on different aspects of the composition.
I also wanted to touch upon ethical decisions that sometimes come our way.
Does someone keep a gift that was given to them – even if it was stolen art? After bonding with the piece – and having it warm the soul during cold winters – well – looks like this family is keeping the art. They justify possession. tsk….
What would you do – keep the art of give it back?
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