This gallery will show the progression of the idea of the "perfect woman" and how this idea has changed through history. Women, no matter what era, have always been drawn, painted, even sculpted because of their beauty.
In this image, Cleopatra appears to be either waking up or turning in for the night. Rounded lines are used to create a realistic visual of her curves. The focus of this piece is centered to her only. In the 1600's, women had ideally more rounded figures.
Depicted in this image is Venus and Adonis sharing a moment while a child and dog are silently observing. There is a great deal of movement happening in this piece. Both character look as though they are about to leave their previous positions.
In this image the young woman is dressing herself with a large lacy pink wrap. Lots of bright colors are incorporated in this piece which forces the viewers eyes to explore the background. In the early 1900's, woman began to be viewed more beautifully as petite rather than large.
In the 1500's, the larger the woman meant better chances of bearing children. The more meat on ones bones also indicated that they were well fed and possessed money. In this black and grey photo, three women are gathered around a skeleton "death". There's a dark tint to this image which creates a dark tone. These women are in a rotative position around the dark figure who is centered.
Aphrodite, the goddess of love, beauty, and pleasure stands in an inviting, curvaceous position. There is negative space in this statue to allow the viewer to embrace Aphrodite's beauty and gaze.
This nude woman appears to be modeling a side angle for the painter, Lee In-sung. Contrast is used in this piece to showcase this woman's body. This painting is not meant to be realistic as you can not see any distinct facial features. Mid 1900's women strived to be thin and dainty.
In this painting, the sleeping nude woman is laying down with minimal use of cover and appears to be in ultimate comfort. Contrast of lighting is used in this painting. The background, dark and ominous and the woman, under a light from above.
Venus looks to be distraught for reasons unknown. She is accompanied by a baby and a man. Texture featured vary in this painting, while the sheets look to be soft and plush, there seems to be thick brush in the background.
This woman looks to be exiting her home or shack-like building. She has some type of liquid in her hand and it is swirling around her, which may be why the word "witch" is used in the title of this piece. There is a great deal of movement featured as she appears to be walking. The mystery liquid is moving in a circular motion around her. In the late 1800's, people were very skeptic of anything that could not be explained, including striking beauty.
These ladies are not completely nude, however, they do depict what society viewed as perfect in terms of looks in the mid-late 1900's; thin, with little breasts and wastes. It appears that the woman laying on the grass is daydreaming of being happier. There is a rhythm of the grassy knolls in the background. Complimentary colors are used in this painting.
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