SEATED WOMAN

Is there a certain appeal to having a woman seated while posing for a portrait? Does the woman become more attractive? Does she become more approachable? Or maybe looking at it in a feminist aspect is there a small hint of chauvinistic intent? Placing a woman at no great height depicts her as in some ways incompetent and having her sitting portrays her as frail and fragile. Most of these women are somewhat unknown to society and hold no particular importance to the common population, yet they must have had some significance to have been painted. But why always have her seated and looking so lethargic?

Why, in this portrayal of the artists mother along with the one of Whistlers mother, did the artists decide to delineate these women in such a fashion of somber attitude. If it was me painting me mother it would be quite the opposite. 
This portrait of a young English Aristocratic woman was probably commissioned and determined to show her beauty yet leaves her looking aloof and lost in thought. 
This shows a woman conducting what was considered "bad manners." To be a woman sitting at a cafe alone was very uncouth, along with putting her pale rice powder make-up on in public. 
Rodin's figures are expressed as being free from idealization and propriety. 
The title Victorian Chair and New York Interior make me think if the artist had more interest in the chair and the interior regardless of the woman with in the room and who occupies the chair. 
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