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Desperate Housewives - Intro to Art 101

The 2005 season premiere of "Desperate Housewives" was anxiously anticipated (perhaps even by First Lady Laura Bush). Who could possibly turn a deaf ear to neighborly gossip? Not moi, these are dysfunctional families at their best. Who amongst us hasnít eaten, or at least been tempted by forbidden fruit? (God excluded, of course.) I'm talking about lies, deceit, murder, and adultery here. Personally, I'd rather watch "Desperate Housewives" than NFL Football on a Sunday night. How about you?

You may religiously watch the show, but have you really taken the time to see the 40 second opening credits? Itís an art history tour, or "Intro to Art 101," as I'll call it. If you donít understand art, this will introduce you in a nontraditional, nonthreatening, comic way.

The show begins with Lucas Cranach the Elderís "Adam and Eve" (1526) where Adam is being crushed by the forbidden fruit (a giant apple). Then Egyptian hieroglyphics and the beginning of civilization. (Note the mother and her "exuberant" children.) Then appears Jan van Eyckís "Arnolfini Wedding" (1434) where the husband watches his wife sweep the banana peel off the floor (from which he has just eaten). A familiar painting to some, Grant Woodís "American Gothic," (1930) that shows a man, his wife, and a pitch fork. Oh no, the wife's face appears on a sardine can! Then there appears a newspaper ad of a woman struggling with groceries. Finally, a Roy Lichtenstein-like cartoon of a woman punches her husband.

Does any of this sound familiar? Stay tuned for many more delightful episodes portraying the "people next door," from the mouths of the babes from Wisteria Lane. What would the neighbors think? Do you think these housewives live in quiet desperation? I think so, thus the title, "Desperate Housewives."

If you loved the first season, buy it now on DVD.


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