The Desire of Women

New Orleans Museum of Art

By: Patrianne S., Paris B., Kelly L., Cierra A., Jamal C.

I chose this picture because of its rich background in the way NOMA acquired the piece. Degas painted this picture of his sister-in-law while he was stationed in New Orleans. NOMA acquired the painting by doing a citywide drive. In order to “Bring Estelle Home,” the whole community got involved; for example, children would place their spare change in a canister at school.

Edgar Degas and his cousin Estelle Musson both had a eye disease called othepletica which affected their central vision. While Degas' disability undoubtedly had an effect on his art and craft, it did not prevent him from being an outstanding painter.

I suppose that Degas has a thing for painting flowers, based on his other portraits. Degas' cousin Estelle was nearly blind in this piece. Estelle would arrange the flowers by color, touch and scent.

My personal reason for choosing the painting was because of how the painting got the whole city involved. Being that NOMA is always creating programs to get the city involved, “Bring Estelle Home,” portrayed how deep their passion for community involvement runs. This painting was during a time of hardship for Degas and Estelle Musson both.

Mother and Child In the Conservatory
Artist : Mary Cassatt

Mary Cassatt's style has always been more sensitive to women and children. Because women were not represented as female artist until the late 1960s, this piece caused Mary to become a role model for female artist.

The hairstyle is a good example of the time period for women. Women were known for always being inside to take care of their children. This hairstyle gives this women an easier way to work in her day to day life with her child.

The child sits in the mothers lap to show the love and comfort between the mother and her son. I find this very soothing, warm, and welcoming.

This piece was chosen because like Mary Cassatt, I'm fond of the bond between a mother and their child. I believe women give birth to life and that's very important to showcase.

Willam Bouguereau is from LaRochelle, France and is a French Academic style painter who did many interpretations of the female body. He died from heart disease and lived from 1825-1905.

Her robe is called a chiton which was what men and women wore during 400-300 B.C.E in Greece.

The leaf print at the bottom of her chiton is called a acanthus leaf and it symbolizes immortality.

The baby behind her is the god, Cupid, and he is whispering into the ear of this woman.

In Greek mythology, Cupid is a god of love who causes people to fall in and out of love.

Our theme is about women, so this painting drew me in because the woman looks interesting. The Cupid also makes the painting look peaceful.

This is a work of art created by Gina Phillips called "Sabine." This work of art is a portrait of a woman. My goal today is to explain how this art work can show how women was expressed. During this time, women are noticed and acknowledged for their hard work, love, and dedication.

Phillips uses the brown in her shoulder to show the color of the women's skin. It also shows how she held oppression up on her shoulders.

The orange area placed on her heart is placed here to show how a woman is consistently encouraging and has a joyful spirit that's nurturing.

I choose this art work because to me it shows the empowerment of women. As a mixed media artist, Gina allowed imagery, stories, and characters to influence her art work. I was captured by this piece of work because it also made me feel strong, powerful, and great. This piece shows me a different story about women through color that I've never imagined.

Nancy Stevenson Graves (multi-talented artist) was born in Masschusetts, Pittsfield.
Her father was an assistant of a Director at Berkshire Museum. The Berkshire Museum had art, history, and science which really influenced her work. At age 12 she pursued art. She attended Yale School of Art and Architecture, earning a Bachelors and Masters in Fine Arts.

I zoomed in on this because it shows how America up close is ugly but the way Americans portray it to other people and countries makes it seem beautiful. The white dots show white supremacy and how Americans took over a land that is not theirs and left a lot of damage.

I feel as though the primary colors represent the resources the Americans took, including gold, land, rivers, lakes to exploit and corrupt. The white strand represent the Native American souls and the red represents all the blood lost in a fight that didn't change freedom or separation.

I like this piece because it is profound and it was made by a woman. The colors make me feel warm and furious and calm. The paint strokes look like they are going forward and backward in time. The dots around the piece caught my eye.

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