The episode: “The Mole People,” ep. 803
The riff: Quipped by Crow as our heroes wander the exceedingly dark tunnels of the mole people and spot the tiniest bit of light up ahead.
The explanation: Robert Motherwell was an American artist and one of the initial founders of the abstract expressionism movement. In particular, he was known for a series called “Elegy to the Spanish Republic” which focused on the fallout of the Spanish Civil War. Somehow, he achieved this through the use of over 100 paintings of big, black ovals. Yes, that’s right. Nothing but huge, black ovals. Observe below. Don’t ask me to explain.
Novelty factor: Completely new to me, and equally inscrutable. And people wonder why the general public is unable to embrace fine art on some level. I’m blaming this entirely on Robert Motherwell, so there.