"embracing black beauty"

This gallery is dedicated to the beauty of black women. The small imperfections that other cultures use to destroy the pride and confidence of these amazing women will be brought up in this gallery as embracing the beauty they were born with like their thick curly hair, their beautiful brown skin, full lips, big butts, and strong minds. Enjoy my gallery.

[Three African Women], Prince Roland Napoleon Bonaparte, about 1888, From the collection of: The J. Paul Getty Museum
This photograph is of three African women. The women in the photo look a little uneasy, like their being forced to take the photo but it's a beautiful photo. I like the lighting and shadows the photographer used to show these beautiful women. The contrast in the photo shows off the plants and curves of the women. The photographer decided to take the photo in a sepia photo film filter. I think this was done to purposely because the contrast in a sepia photograph draws your eyes to the lighted areas in the photo as well as aging it and creating a more vintage look, so even if this was taken recently the sepia filter makes it look otherwise. This photo relates to the theme of my gallery because this gallery is about beautiful full figured Nubian women. The plus size women today is greatly under appreciated, but in Africa plus size, women are praised and worshiped because they are from rich families who can afford food to help feed their appetites.
(Main View), From the collection of: The J. Paul Getty Museum
This photo reminds me of an African woman named Saatjie Baartman. She was African woman who was taken from her home in Africa because her boy was voluptuous and very rare. Her butt was larger than any women's butt during her time as a slave. The white men made her perform songs and dances while they sexualized her and women taunted her for being so rare and exotic. The shows in the pictures are one of the principles of art, color. The lighting in the photo shows off this beautiful women's curves and the shadows outline them, drawing more attention to her body.
Composition with Three Women, Eldzier Cortor, 1950, From the collection of: SCAD Museum of Art
This drawing is by Eldzier Cortor stationed at SCAD Museum of Art. This sketch is of three different women in three different positions. The frontal position, located in the far back, the profile position and the rear facing position. The lines in the sketch are organic and smooth when it's applied the women's body. but if you look closely at the areas around the women the artist chose to use sharp jagged lines. Usually, that would mean anxiety or tension but I think the lines are there to draw attention to the women's body. The smooth lines give the women's body a soft texture. This relates to my gallery theme because these are nudes of women of African decent.
The Four Parts of the World Holding the Celestial Sphere, Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, circa 1872, From the collection of: Musée d’Orsay, Paris
This fountain was created by Jean-Baptistle Carpeaux for the Luxembourg Gardens in 1867. This statue is of four women holding a globe obove their heads. The globe is larger than the women but it's only a frame while the four women at the bottom are solid. This scultpure represents the four parts of the world turning around the celestial sphere. The celestial sphere is an imaginary sphere of gigantic radius with the earth located at its center. The prinicples of design that stick out to me the most are: Balance, Emphasis and Movement. Althought the four women are in solid form and the shpere above them is just a frame, the fat that the sphere is so much larger than the women helps the sculptor create balance. It also draws your eyes to the women holding the shpere, creating emphasis. The arches in the womens arms and legs and the flow of their bodies help create movement. I chose this scultpure to be apart of my Gallery because Africa is represented as one of the ladies. She's nude and she has a shackle around ankles that is broken, symbolizing the need for abolishment of slavery.
Carved wooden female figure (minsereh), 1850/1899, From the collection of: British Museum
This sculpture was made by the Mende people and founded in the Mendeland. This sculpture represents a few cultures in Africa that practice in the are of Masquerades. In these cultures women and men the masks and are nude. Young girls are draped in beads and paint and young boys are dressed in loin clothes. This tradition helps these young adults enter into a adulthood. A formal Element of Art that stands out the most is color. The entire statue is dark brown with colorful beads wrapped around her body to insinuate her curves wide hips and long neck. This sculpture was chosen because in this culture in order to enter into adulthood a nude young women or young man are celebrated.
Cover Girls, Patrick Mukabi, From the collection of: GoDown Arts Centre
This painting by Patrick Mukabi is of plus-size African-American women. In today's society, people think beauty is white and skinny with the features of black women minus the skin. This painter used the negative space that could have been filled around her to create emphasis to her body. Even the very small half drawn stool that's underneath her isn't standing out because the painter only wants the viewers to see her body. That's why I chose this to be a part of my gallery.
Reclining Nude [recto], Paul Gauguin, 1894/1895, From the collection of: National Gallery of Art, Washington DC
This chalk painting by Paul Gauguin shows a young African-American girl resting on a pillow either at the beach or at home. The painter used round organic lines to draw this young woman. Showing she's at peace, relaxing and taking a map. The shapes in this painting are static, they are not moving. The negative space around her draws the viewers attention to the young girl. The painter also includes a small touch of color to help the viewers focus on her.
Homage to Nina Simone, Bob Thompson, 1965, From the collection of: Minneapolis Institute of Art
In 1965 A year before the death of twenty-eight-year-old African-American Nina Simone, a painter by the name of Bob Thompson painted a picture of different colored silhouettes of people dancing as they listen to her music. The painter used organic shapes to show relaxation and a smooth calm environment. The painter captured unity. The painting seems complete and the viewer doesn't need to see anything else. Just from looking at the painting you can see movement, balance and rhythm. Everything flows together, the entire painting gets the same amount of attention. Nothing truly stands out that would take away from the other.
Family # 1, John T. Biggers, 1974, From the collection of: Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts+Culture
This sketch by John T. Biggers is f a mom and dad embracing their young nude child. This sketch was done in 1974. This sketch symbolizes unity and movement. You can see the child grabbing their parents and holding them tightly in a loving embrace. The artists used the art of contrast to show strong use of lights and darks throughout the image. The closer the parents are the lighter their features are but as you go further back the color starts to darken almost creating a three-dimensional shape.
Bust of an African Woman, Henry Weekes, 1859, From the collection of: The J. Paul Getty Museum
This amazing sculpture of an Extraordinary Jamaican woman, Mary Seacole is by Henry Weekes sometime between 1859. Mary learned to treat yellow fever and cholera to help aid the soldiers in the war. She was well known for her dedication and love for her fellow soldiers and would stay longer than the medical nurses that came out to assist the injured soldiers. I chose this piece because nude doesn't always have to mean naked. Nude can also mean without make-up. back in the day make-up wasn't really worn by an African-American woman. A lot of times, minorities were forbidden to use beauty aiding products, or they couldn't afford them or they didn't make them for African American skin. This is the last piece of artwork in my gallery I hope you enjoyed it!
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