Depictions of Femininity

The Unicorn effectively serves as a metaphor for womankind, with its gentle and rare beauty. Like the Unicorn, women have been held captive by cultural ideals that associate femininity with passivity and subservience. Objectification of Unicorn = objectivation of women. 
This depiction of femininity is highly organic, as it juxtaposes the female image with a natural background. This juxtaposition of these images suggests that Marc saw some type of symbolic cohesion between the concept of nature and femininity. There has been a longstanding precedent of the linkage of these two symbols, going back to the characterization of nature and Earth as female (Mother Nature, Mother Earth). This organic feel is emphasized by the nudity of the painting's subjects. 
Soft, feminine colors. 
Passive pose; almost bowing, lack of eye contact, nonconfrontational.Idealized female form.
Lying back = passive. Implication that women led easy lives. Possible underlying sexual tones?
This painting focuses on the onset of femininity, which occurs in adolescence. The two young women in the painting appear to just be coming of age, yet their positions and lack of clothing suggest they've already internalized the passivity that was expected of females at the time; is this instinctual on their part, or taught from an early age?
The image of the caged bird emulates the social status of women during the time during which it was painted. The woman could be looking at the bird with empathy, as she is bound by a society's bars: the oppressiveness of a patriarchal culture, restricted ideals of beauty and feminity, and – on a more physical/literal level, her corset. 
This sculpture serves a non-representational depiction of femininity. The delicate curves of the sculpture bring to mind the curves of the female figure; the smooth, almost translucent texture of the work's surface emulate water and waves, which are traditional symbols of femininity. 
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