This exhibition explores depictions of women in oil painting.
Mary Cassat depicts her subjects as bored and indolent, highlighted by how they are positioned on a chair
Seated women with their babies are reminiscent of the Madonna and child
Even the energy and spirit of this little girl is contained by the chair on which she is portrayed.
While her man was getting on with the important business of nation building, the Australian colonial woman in this painting is depicted as weak and having no active role other than child-rearing. She is seated on the ground watching him as he works.
The female artist, Margaret Preston, depicts herself as standing and in the act of painting. Her gaze is direct and meets that of the viewer. This portrait contrasts dramatically with earlier depictions of women.
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