The Aesthetic Splendor of “The Simpsons”

Stand-alone images from the show are as quietly stunning as any made by our greatest American artists of alienation and loneliness.

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1/21/2022 2:42:00 AM

There is something about observing a single image from “ The Simpsons ” at a time, as opposed to watching a full episode, that makes for a new kind of perspective on the show.

Stand-alone images from the show are as quietly stunning as any made by our greatest American artists of alienation and loneliness.

, which shares images of food that has featured on “The Simpsons.”As I’ve continued to peruse these accounts in the last few months, I’ve realized that their delights come in more than one flavor. What strikes me most immediately and naturally, perhaps, is their easy ability to remind me of a good bit from a favorite episode. In this sense, an Instagram frame can almost serve as a contracted version of a full-scale rewatch: a

captureon the @springfieldcuisine account of a sickly, grayish-looking Homer, sadly clutching an even grayer hoagie over a trash can as Marge glares at him, immediately takes me back to “Selma’s Choice,” a classic episode from the show’s fourth season, in which Homer falls ill from food poisoning after holding onto an extra-long, increasingly rancid sandwich that he begins to personify after taking it home from a company picnic. (The post’s caption is a signature Homer quote: “Oh, how can I stay mad at you?”) Another enjoyable aspect of these “Simpsons” Instagram posts is their singling out of a potentially overlooked moment, in all its glorious detail. One @sartorial_simpsons

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@springfieldcuisine , which shares images of food that has featured on “The Simpsons.” As I’ve continued to peruse these accounts in the last few months, I’ve realized that their delights come in more than one flavor. What strikes me most immediately and naturally, perhaps, is their easy ability to remind me of a good bit from a favorite episode. In this sense, an Instagram frame can almost serve as a contracted version of a full-scale rewatch: a capture on the @springfieldcuisine account of a sickly, grayish-looking Homer, sadly clutching an even grayer hoagie over a trash can as Marge glares at him, immediately takes me back to “Selma’s Choice,” a classic episode from the show’s fourth season, in which Homer falls ill from food poisoning after holding onto an extra-long, increasingly rancid sandwich that he begins to personify after taking it home from a company picnic. (The post’s caption is a signature Homer quote: “Oh, how can I stay mad at you?”) Another enjoyable aspect of these “Simpsons” Instagram posts is their singling out of a potentially overlooked moment, in all its glorious detail. One @sartorial_simpsons image , taken from the ninth season’s “The Trouble With Trillions,” captures a relatively negligible sliver of a scene in which Smithers, the billionaire Mr. Burns’s craven right-hand man, is interrupted in his chambers while ironing socks in a fuchsia robe, his collection of Malibu Stacy dolls arrayed behind him in a variety of fashionable outfits (a bikini whose color matches that of the robe; a mint-hued ball gown; a coördinated shearling hat and coat). Here, we can spend time with an image—tarry with it in a way that we might not have been able to otherwise. What allows for such a level of attention is the highly particular quality of these accounts: their division according to subcategories, from clothes to food, books, and magazines. If we’re interested in what Smithers wears, we know where we are most likely to find a picture of that outfit. But, more broadly still, there is something about observing a single image at a time, as opposed to watching a full episode, or bingeing on several, that makes for a new kind of perspective on the show. This type of looking accords these images, plucked as they are from the context of their larger narratives, a pure aesthetic value. When I happen upon almost any image from one of the “Simpsons” accounts, I am struck by how absolutely visually gorgeous it is. This is, perhaps, especially true when it comes to @scenic_simpsons, with its visions of a