Academic, from the series A Moral Alphabet of Vice and Folly
16 1/4 x 14 3/4 in. (41.28 x 37.47 cm)
Gift of the artist, 2002.008.01.02
An Academic speculated whether a bather is beautiful if there is none in the forest to admire her. He hid in the bushes to find out, which vitiated his premise but made him happy.
Moral: Empiricism is more fun than speculation.