The Movement of Women

From the renaissance era to our modern art women have been portrayed in many different ways. One that seems to be common is beauty. In this gallery you will see how woman were painted over time and how they were viewed. 

Egon Schiele created this piece in 1915. It is of a lesbian couple. In the painting the first thing you may notice is the nudity. Many woman have been seen that way. Getting a closer look you can see how the composition draws you in. They almost fill the frame. The way the dress and hair are painted you able to conclude that moment is involved. Almost as if they are floating in space. There aren't many straight lines , which show curves.
This was created by Francisco Iturrino between 1916-1918. There are 9 nude women in this painting in a circular patter with exception to 2. They are joined by hand in what seems to be a care free moment. The brush strokes are thick, but flow when it comes to the surroundings. The principle of design used is movement. If you look everything flows well together. The way the grass and the sky is painted gives the impression that we are not still.
Sleeping Woman was painted by Alexej von Jawlensky in 1910. This is oil on cardboard which was then mounted on wood. As you can see in the painting it is of a dude woman on a couch sleeping. The couch is painted red which is a very bold color and helps her stand out. This shows that she is completely exposed figuratively and literally. The brush strokes are fine and detailed. One of the principles of design which goes along with my theme is movement. Yes, she is staying still but the way it is painted is showing fluidity. Her curves and placement give the sense movement. She is not stiff.
Woman Power by Maria Lassing was painted in 1979. This is quite literally a giant woman walking through a city. All the colors blend very well together and yet again it is a painting of a nude woman.All the buildings are painted with straight lines which give a contrast to the woman. She is painted with curves. the brush strokes on her are not even which brings up the principle of design-Moment. The way she is positioned looks as though she is walking towards us. There are both foreground and background elements that helps the painting come to life.
This a painting by Kang'ara wa Njambi created in 1970. In the painting you will see a woman breastfeeding her child. There seems to be a red cloth around her. The colors in this painting are dark and seem to be closely related. The cloth around the woman is flowing. It's almost as if she is hiding from the world but is exposed for us to see. The way it is painted shows movement. The cloth around her is not settled. it appears to be flowing almost as if it is leaving her.
This painting was created by William Blake in 1825. It is a painting about a parable. The parable explains that you should always be ready. In the painting you can see 11 women. 5 on the left are straight and appear to be strong and the 5 on the right seem to be in a sense of chaos. The parable explains that the woman on the right did not bring oil for their lamps and were not able to get into the kingdom of heaven. On the top portion of the painting you are able to see an angel playing a trumpet. The contrast between the legs and right really balances out the painting, but also adds a lot of movement. The way the woman on the right on is completely different and shows a sense of urgency with body language.
This was created in 1795 by William Blake. In tis painting you can see a woman laying on the ground. Above her there is another woman riding a horse and seems to be carrying a baby. Colors are a bit stark so to me this isn't represented by happiness. It seems as though this woman has lost her child. The way the baby is portrayed is with it's karma wide open almost as though it is ready for heaven. The moment in this piece is represented by the horse and the clouds. Overall the painting is balanced.
This painting was done by Jais Nielsen in 1911. There are three woman dancing in this painting. They seem to be happy. Many of the lines in this painting is straight. This includes the woman as well. Surprisingly though you are still able to get a sense of movement. This is possibly because the dresses have a brush stroke that represents that.
Painted by Pierre-Auguste Renoir was created between 1915-1919. It;s a painting of a woman sitting in a field. Warm colors were used. The brush strokes seem to be wild yet vibrant with life. The moment represented in here is with her surroundings. She seems to fit right in. The shows again how woman are viewed as fluid and peaceful in nature.
Peter Paul Rubens created this between 1623-1624. This last painting in the gallery shows a battle of the apocalypse. The woman represented in this painting is shown holding a baby. Woman I believe were and still are known for the protection of children. The moment in this painting is all over the place. The way the hair flows and clothing. It is even shown in the clouds behind them.
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