What would I look like if I would get painted?? STEPHANIE RAMIREZ ART AND WOMEN FALL 2011
Art and Women teaches us how male artistshave depicted the female gender through paintings.The male gaze is a system in art where men paint thefemale nude as an object for other men to gaze upon,making them the “male owner spectator”, paintingwomen as posing objects and not as the humanbeings that they are. Men concentrated only on thefemale body without use of action or resistance. How about the women of color? For theyweren’t the first choice when it came to painting thefemale body. How do male artists display their imageof the colored female body?
(Painting Below) “Olympia”, Edouard Manet, 1863(Painting above) “Lady Elizabeth Murray andDido Belle Lindsay”, unknown artist, 1779
“Lady Elizabeth Murray and Dido Belle Lindsay” – What does this painting display at first glance?? The two girls are actually cousins Dido Belle Lindsay although raised by the same family she was not allowed into the social society When guests were invited she could not eat at the table “Olympia” – the African American woman is clearly the maid and she is looking directly at the white woman while she lies there nude. At first glance viewers automatically look at the female nude
Paul Gauguin’s Primitives“Two Tahitian Women”, “Te Arii Vahine Aka The Kings Wife”, 18961899
Gauguin was a French, Post-Impressionist artist. His paintings of Tahitian women represent violence and control. Replay the unequal relationship of the male artist and female model in the inequalities of the white male artist’s relationship to native women. Paintings bind women to nature , the male gaze looks down on them. (Chadwick pg. 290) A majority of Gauguin’s collection of Tahitian the women were always surrounded by fruits. Women were considered PRIMITIVE
OUR FEMALE VIEWFrida Kahlo, “Self-Portrait as wounded Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, “When I amdeer”, 1946 not here / Estoy Alla”, 1994
Frida painted this self-portrait after the failed attempt to operate her back in New York; expresses her disappointment after the operation on her spine The deer is surrounded by trees and trapped, interpreting Frida’s desperation and frustration to have a successful operation Frida Kahlo was not able to bear children after her accident, she had attempted a few times each failing; being robbed from the opportunity of motherhood was also expressed in her artwork Maria Magdalena Campos-Pon, illustrates a depiction of women living through motherhood with the two milk bottles right above the breasts. In my opinion this particular painting represents breast feeding
(above)Judy Baca,“The GreatWall of Los (left) Marta Maria Perez-Angeles”, Bravo, “Protection”, 1990.1976-1984.
Judy Baca: The People’s History Mural illustrating the dustbowl migration of the 1930s. Thousands fled to California after severe drought & economic hardship. The image of the mother and children fleeing in my opinion represents once again motherhood, courage, and family. The mother is wearing a bandana that covers half of her face: she looks fearless and determined Perez-Bravo’s artwork were mostly photographs of herself taken by her husband in specific situations that, “explore feminine identity and the condition of being female in ways that counter patriarchally constructed stereotypes of womanhood” (Chadwick, 428).
So…What would I look like if I would get painted?? Alice Neel, “Pregnant Maria”, 1964
BibliographyChadwick, Whitney. Women, Art, and Society. Thames& Hudson. New York. 2007. Fourth Edition.“Frida Kahlo – Self-portrait as wounded deer (1946)”.Found on Flicker.com. 03 December 2011.“Lady Elizabeth Murray and Dido Belle Lindsay”. Foundon a Blog – Pauline’s Pirates and Privateers. 03December 2011.