While a quick glance at the painting reveals a soft, gentle female form with a background of intriguing landscape, further study introduces an added layer of mystery. The way the woman glances slightly to the side as well as her small smile makes viewers feel that she knows some secret. Yet, at the same time, she appears to be a very kind, friendly and approachable.
Perhaps this is a direct response to the eroticization of owning a painting produced by a woman; the representation’s realism prevents the presumably male audience from viewing her face in entirety. Her body is shown in action and foreshortened, removing any possibility for it to be compared to the perfectly proportioned female figures so often used to
The first thing my eyes notices about this painting is about the two women in the painting, one is of a woman on the left who is on a stretcher and who is wounded and the other is a woman on the right who is beautifully clothed
My favorite thing about this piece is the depiction of the New York skyline during a starry night. This is because I am in love with the city at night time. It makes me feel warm. My least favorite thing is the floral border. At first glance, it looks dumb and out of place. I did not understand the purpose of this border until further research was done on the piece of art. I do not think the artist was successful at achieving her goal. I think this because at first I didn't even notice the young girl flying above the bridge. Once I noticed her, I could not tell she was the same girl laying on the rooftop. This made the wild background not make much sense to me. If I were to do something differently about this piece, I would make the flying girl bigger, or put her into more of the focus. Also, I would do something special to show that they are the same girl. Maybe a unique outfit or something would do the job. During the time this artwork was created, Ringgold played a role in the organization of protests and actions against museums that did not show the work of women and people of color. She usually used “overly political paintings” to present her anger (Spector, Nancy). Within this work, she used a story quilt. Everyone loved it! She turned down her angry theme to show this light hearted example of a “spirited heroine”(Spector, Nancy). Women in this time period’s society loved to see a young colored girl
It differs greatly, in its portrayal of mothers, from Le Brun’s Self-portrait with her Daughter and Cassatt’s artworks. Behind Marie Antoinette, you see a jewelry cabinet, off to the right of the canvas. This illustrates that, although she is with her children, she finds treasure within her own materialistic objects. Furthermore, her expression lacks emotion as she holds the child loosely within her arms. The child looks off, barely acknowledging its mother, who is holding him. Next, the child, on the far right of the canvas, reveals an empty cradle, alluding to a child who has died. Again, Marie seems unfazed or simply chooses not to acknowledge the boy’s actions. Furthermore, the young girl, on the right of the canvas, clings on to her mother as she lovingly looks up to her mother. Marie holds a wry smile, appearing somewhat annoyed or displeased. The color scheme is dark, but Le Brun utilizes contrast to emphasize the royal family. However, it only works to further expose the detached relationship between a Marie and her children. According to the lecture, “To counter people’s hatred of the queen and their criticisms of her as a bad (even a degenerate) mother, Vigée Le Brun was commissioned to paint this portrait of Marie Antoinette and her children” (Gartrell). Sadly, the painting was
Although very hard to understand, the use of color and layering effects produce a very vivid and life like scene. The fish at the top of the picture and the animals underneath the painting seem to make the painting too busy. In fact, it adds to the already confusing and distracting scene the picture itself depicts.
...hese repeated vertical lines contrast firmly with a horizontal line that divides the canvas almost exactly in half. The background, upper portion of the canvas, seems unchanging and flat, whereas the foreground and middle ground of the painting have a lot of depth to them.
The piece shows Marie posing with her three children, the reason for this painting was to create a public message depicting her as more than just elegance and put her on the same level as the general public. Because the painting was meant for the eyes of the general public the painting is rather bland and lacks detail. Instead of Marie looking down on the population showing off her lavish and extravagant items she has just her children attempting to depict herself as a regular mother just like every other female raising children. There is very little details in the paint except for the empty baby carriage which was most likely only included to honor the death of one of her children at a young
...s this shows her feminity as a women it also portrays her as being a temptress because of the exposure of her breast. Unlike the woman being almost completely covered but being shown in a tempting way in relation to her feminity, the man on the other side is completely exposed in order to demonstrate the youthfulness and strength of his body. Which the Romans used in artworks as a form of political advertising to show that a man that had a masculine body, young and strong, could be a leader. The man’s exposure of skin is considered as positive form of dispaying his masculinity while the woman’s lack of exposure except for her breast can be viewed as tempting through her feminity and disapproved. This shows the gender indiffernece of feminity and masculinity, where masculinity is portrayed in positive forms while femininity has only negative aspects to be protryed in.
The painting is organized simply. The background of the painting is painted in an Impressionist style. The blurring of edges, however, starkly contrasts with the sharp and hard contours of the figure in the foreground. The female figure is very sharp and clear compared to the background. The background paint is thick compared to the thin lines used to paint the figures in the foreground. The thick paint adds to the reduction of detail for the background. The colors used to paint the foreground figures are vibrant, as opposed to the whitened colors of the Impressionist background. The painting is mostly comprised of cool colors but there is a range of dark and light colors. The light colors are predominantly in the background and the darker colors are in the foreground. The vivid color of the robe contrasts with the muted colors of the background, resulting in an emphasis of the robe color. This emphasis leads the viewer's gaze to the focal part of the painting: the figures in the foreground. The female and baby in the foreground take up most of the canvas. The background was not painted as the artist saw it, but rather the impression t...