Poder Femenino (Feminine Empowerment) - Nicole Watlington


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In this gallery, you will find artworks such as paintings, drawings, and sculptures depicting women and their movements. Movements can be dancing, running, and other gestures. I will focus on how the artists portray or imply such movements on females. The works on this gallery are from different artists and artistic periods.

Playing Ball in Blue and Orange, Tiffany Chung, 2004, From the collection of: Fukuoka Asian Art Museum
In this modern photograph we can see a woman standing on one foot with a big rubber ball over her head. Although her posture is the main focus point on the photograph, colors play an important role in said picture. The colors go well with each other creating a complementary harmony. Her movements are not an illusion, they are obvious since it's a photograph. The way she postured herself screams "strength".
Young Country Girl Dancing, François Boucher, 1765 - 1770, From the collection of: Art Gallery of Ontario
This chalk drawing by François Boucher depicts a young barefoot girl dancing the traditional dances of the late 1700s. The way the artist drew her picking up her dress and the way she is standing (her posture overall), can make you visualize her dancing. If you look closely at her legs you can see that she might be moving up and down and side to side creating a rhythmic pattern.
Burial figure of a female dancer, unknown, circa 660s - 680s AD, From the collection of: Royal Ontario Museum
This small statue seems quite simple, but shows way more. You can see a dancing girl standing still. The movement is implied by the way the artist created her ams; they are the main focus of the statue. Her arms are bent creating the illusion that she's moving them. She's only dancing from her waist and up, instead of using her entire body or her legs therefore making it a gentle dance.
Greek Women Imploring at the Virgin of Assistance, Ary Scheffer, 1826, From the collection of: The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo
This painting depicts a group of greek women on their knees, inside a cave imploring at the Virgin of Assistance. They are delicately imploring at the Virgin with their hands. You can see how they are in the air and how their faces are all looking at her desperately, using their arms to show emotions. The majority of the ladies are moving their arms and not their bodies. The focus of movement is mainly implemented in the way they are using their arms.
Female entertainers performing a sword dance, Kim Jun-geun, 1850/1950, From the collection of: Korea Data Agency
In this Oriental painting we can see two Asian women dancing with each other. No backgrounds or any sort of object is seen apart from them; just the women dancing. The artist creates the illusion of movement by focusing on their clothing and the way they're flowing. He painted them to simulate as if they are in the air or not laying flat or still, which creates the illusion that it's in some sort of movement. The ladies are moving entirely, from they feet to their head. Their bodies look in motion, but I believe that the main focus in regards to movement is the detail on the clothing.
Women Bathing, Paul Gauguin, 1885, From the collection of: The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo
This painting by Paul Gauguin depicts a group women backwards, holding hands, and bathing in the sea. We can see the ocean and sailboats in the distance, as well as man in front of them. There is one particular woman that is bending over and another one that is turning around. Again, like most artists did in this gallery, the point of focus in this painting when it comes to movement, is the arms and how the artist painted them. We can't see much movement coming from their bodies apart from the woman that is seen bending down.
Mr. Bodtbuilder's Part-time Job, Ahn, Chang Hong, 안창홍, 1990, From the collection of: Korean Art Museum Association
This pencil on paper drawing shows a man and woman dancing on a stage, giving a show to the audience but not everyone seems to be paying attention. The man and the woman are very muscular and only wearing down underclothes. There are also other people on the stage behind the curtain as if they're waiting their turn to perform. The man is moving the woman in the air. The artist took advantage of the space to make the couple the main focus on the drawing, especially the woman which is seen posing in the air as if she's flying, and the strong man carrying her.
Bronze figure of a running girl, -520/-500, From the collection of: British Museum
This bronze figure depicts a woman running. Everything in this statue screams movement. The artist focused on the shape of the statue. Her legs are spread apart and only the tip of her feet are touching the floor, quickly creating the illusion that she's running. Her body is bent backwards as if she looking behind her, and her arms are spread apart as well. Every part of her body plays a big part on her movements.
A Bolero Dancer, Antonio Cabral Bejarano, 1842, From the collection of: Museo Carmen Thyssen Málaga
In A Bolero Dancer a Spanish woman can be seen dancing and playing the castanets on Seville's riverside district of Triana. Movement is clear in this painting. The artist focused on the woman's entire body to create the illusion. He painted her bending down with the tip of her foot touching the grass, and the other one flat. You can visualize a rhythmic patter by the way her legs are painted. She is dancing forward with her arms in the air. He used the flowing of her dress to support the illusion, but it's her body that I consider the main movement focus point.
Painting of Dancing Gopi, Jamini Roy, 1950s, From the collection of: Royal Ontario Museum
Painting of Dancing Gopi by Jamini Roy shows a female figure dancing by herself. The way she was painted entirely creates the movement illusion. Her legs are bent and she's using her arms and hands in the dance; he head is tilt down too. The artist did a good job creating the illusion of movement in this painting because he focused on her entire features. You can even visualize her dance if you look closely at the painting.
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