I remember showing this print to a class last year when we were discussing Picasso's art. There was a lot of sniggering, and glances around the room, until one child was brave enough to pipe up and ask if there was indeed a nipple in the picture. (If you would like a black & white line drawing of this painting for your child to colour in click here.)
Which brings me to a very funny episode of Seinfeld. Can you remember which episode it was? And what nickname was give to Elaine after the card was circulated?
ELAINE: Anyway so Fred and I are going to do some volunteer work for that Church on Amsterdam.
JERRY: Oh, volunteer work!. See that's what I like about the holiday season. That's the true spirit of Christmas. People being helped by people other than me. That makes me feel good inside. Look at what we have here. [mail]. A Christmas card from Laine. You didn't have to go to all that trouble.
ELAINE: It was no trouble. My assistant did the whole thing.
JERRY: I didn't even see the picture. How did it come out?
ELAINE: Well, you know. It's a picture?
JERRY: Oh yeah. Look at that. Looks good. Kramer did a good job.
ELAINE: Yeah, well. How hard is it to take a picture?
JERRY: ... um ...
JERRY: Did you look at look at this picture carefully?
JERRY: Because I'm not sure and and and correct me if I'm wrong but I think I see ... a nipple.
JERRY: Here. Take a look. What, what is that?
ELAINE: (gasps) Oh my God! That's my nipple.
JERRY: That's what I thought.
ELAINE: That's my nipple. My nipple's exposed. I sent this card to hundreds of people! My parents. My boss. Uh, Nana and Papa.
JERRY: DIDN'T YOU LOOK AT THE PICTURE?
ELAINE: Oh God I didn't notice. Oh, what am I going to do? You know your whole life you go through painstaking efforts to hide your nipple and then BOOM, suddenly hundreds of people get their own personal shot of it.