The way she moves-Sammy davis

Women are well known by their sexuality and how they move.  Many are actually defined by it.  So much can be said about a woman and the way she walks, dances, or moves during other activities.  Belly dancers command attention unlike that given to the lady next door.  This gallery includes representations of movement and women coupled to give an implied meaning to the artwork.

This drawing shows two women having a discussion with a man at a counter that appears not so friendly. The colors used in this particular drawing leave everything to the imagination, which is great in this situation. There is nothing, outside of the drawing itself, to tell you what the situation really is. The facial expressions displayed show two very different emotional scenarios. The lines, while curved, soft, and calming, paint a vivid picture of an emotional exchange between two of the three people in this scene. The man in the drawing seems to be very upset about what the woman in the background is saying to him. The woman in the background shows that she is trying to get her point across by “the way she moves”. The woman in the foreground seems to be rather nonchalant as if to throw the man off of whatever it is that she attempting to conceal in her dress behind her. “The way she moves” could suggest that she is a thief or that she really doesn’t care about what it is that the man is saying.
This painting shows a woman walking with her dog down a road holding a distaff used for winding wool and flax for spinning. The bright color in the background gives the illusion of a beautiful day and a very good mood. The lines are very smooth and and hazy everywhere but the facial area of the woman in the painting. Her facial expression clearly shows that she is in a very serene and composed state about whatever she is about to do or just did. Her eyes show a certain level of focus. “The way she moves” tells me that she is a very confident and strong woman who is pleased by a recent past decision or a near future decision.
This painting shows nine women dancing in a circle as if they were playing a game. The vivid colors in the background and grass depict an environment of extreme happiness. The expressions on the women’s faces, along with the fact that they are all naked, shows that there is a lot of freedom and liberty to do as you please where they are. The way they move lets me know that they are happy where they are and have no intentions of leaving. They appear to enjoy their environment enough to exist in with the absence of clothing.
This sculpture depicts a woman carrying another woman on her back, both wearing tattered garments. The colors in this sculpture, much like one of the previous artworks, leaves everything to the imagination. The lack of color and the missing heads in the sculpture allows the viewer to ponder who these women were and what happened that caused them to need each other in the way that is being portrayed. The lines on the thigh of the woman being carried lead me to believe that there was a struggle of some kind as if she is hurt or unable to walk on her own. I would have to say that the woman displaying the strength and courage to carry another person is the focus of the sculpture. “The way she moves” signifies a strong will, a strong relationship between the two of them, and an even stronger desire to leave her current situation.
This painting shows three dancers wearing ball gowns. According to the artists’ description, they are ballet dancers. Edgar Degas, the painter, describes this scene as his way of depicting freedom from nature’s tyranny. The way they move signifies a certain level of liberty and carelessness as if they are absent from their surrounds or environment and unaffected by anything at the moment. The look of pleasure and peace leads me to believe that they are all enjoying what they are doing as if it is an escape for them. The line choice in the background is very muddled and blended together. This leads the viewer to imagine what is going on around these women rather than taking the painting for face value. The vivid colors of the dresses are perfect for this setting as they evoke attention.
This painting shows two women in completely different worlds. One woman is holding a child and a rifle while dressed in battle attire significant of the time during Vietnam war in which this painting was made. The other woman in the picture is posing in a very sensual manner, wearing nice clothing and makeup as if waiting for someone to take her picture. The way they move creates a focus on the contrast between the two women, one fighting for her life and the life of her child and the other appearing very nonchalant possibly due to her beauty. The colors in the warrior’s attire are consistent with despair and wartime. The colors in the posing woman’s attire are consistent with the stereotypical idea that girls like pink. Her makeup and nails show a different social class than the warrior in the background.
This painting shows a woman hard at work ironing a man’s shirt. Again, Edgar Degas does a tremendous job of showing the hardship of women in this time and the struggles they had as subservient workers. The soft lines in this painting create a rather somber mood around what the woman is doing. The drab color choices do a great job of showing the lack luster social situation. Ironically, the artist focus was not the social situation of this woman. The focus was on the pattern and rhythm in her work. Despite the fact that this appears to be a very non-gratifiying job, “the way she moves” signifies that this ironer is taking much pride in what she is doing as she leans into the table to give a crisp look to the shirt.
This painting shows a well-dressed woman appearing to be posing for a photo or gazing into an unseen mirror. She is standing in front of a Pierrot costume leading the viewer to believe that she is the “Columbina”. The Columbina is a fictional pantomime character who plays the cunning role of Harlequin’s mistress and wife of Pierrot. The dark colors chosen for this painting are consistent with the Columbina’s role which exists in the shadows of being both a wife and a mistress. The look in the woman’s eyes is consistent with deception and cunning. The smooth texture of the lines are consistent with her beauty and part of the reason why she is successful at both roles she plays. “The way she moves” keeps her true identity a secret to only those she deems worthy of knowing who she really is.
This painting displays a woman hard at work shoveling snow. The angle of her stance signifies that she is putting forth a lot of effort to complete the task at hand. The rounded lines of this painting create a calm, relaxing reaction to the scene being portrayed. The colors in the woman’s attire coupled with the fact that she is the only person seen working suggest some level of poverty. “The way she moves” suggests to me that she is determined to get to where she wants to be rather than maintaining a life in her current existence. One of the potentially many things in between her and her destiny is the snow. This painting shows her ridding herself of one hindrance as she moves on to her desired status.
This artwork displays a concubine sitting at a desk in an apparently stressful state. The gesture of her right hand on her head with her eyes closed suggests a headache or some present stressor as she contemplates to write down on the paper in front of her. The pale colors in this painting work well with the state of the women because they show neither excitement nor happiness in this particular woman. “The way she moves” suggests to me that she is not happy with the current situation and is working on her letter to get out of her current role as a concubine.
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