Art History Research Paper

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Megan Semulka
Modern Art in London
18 November 2015

How has the representation of women and female identity changed over the course of modern and contemporary art?

Women have always been a common subject of art not only created by male artists, but female artists as well. In the late 1960s, the feminist art movement emerged following the women’s suffrage movement. The art during this era included works that obviously dealt with the female body even if the artists did not fully establish themselves as feminists. On the other hand, there were artists, like Paul Gauguin, who represented women in a different way. He spent some time in Tahiti to change his inspiration for art and discovered different subjects that included young Tahitian women. His pieces were so different from the pieces during the feminist art movement because his art typically did not give a precise purpose or meaning. Feminist art was representing something so powerful that it almost always needed a strict meaning. Another piece of art that almost contradicts the feminist art movement is Olympia by Edouard Manet. Consisting of a nude woman, this painting could suggest the views of women by the artist and even their role in society. Looking at these three different types of art really helps understanding the difference of representation of women over the course of the years. The feminist art movement started in the 1960’s shortly after women gained the right to vote due to the women’s suffrage movement (Feminist art movement). These artists’ purposes did not just have to be representing women in a positive way. In my opinion, this movement represented the power of women and how the suffrage movement gave them that power. One of the most-known pieces of art, during this movement, is The Dinner Party by Judy Chicago. Today, this piece of art is a part of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for…...

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