Thursday, April 5, 2018
Women / Impressionism 2
The curators' statements on the walls of the Speed Museum's exhibit "Women Artists in the Age of Impressionism" contained some language that I didn't love, to the effect that women of course had a special facility for painting domestic scenes. Because of course men don't have breakfast tables or children, right? Can you deduce the gender of the artist in comparing these two classic Impressionist scenes:
Probably my favorite was this:
Probably the artist didn't intend it this way -- or did she? -- but to my eye the husband is a disembodied presence floating on the mist of the hot soup, ignored by the woman staring off into the wings. Maybe he's just a disapproving spirit who hovers over her life and makes her feel under surveillance even if he's not there. Or maybe he's really there, and she's just wondering how come he gets to drink all the wine.
Oh, and the top picture of women in a boat was by Claude Monet, the bottom picture was by Berthe Morisot. Did you guess right?