09 - clandestinely outside of social settings, upper class

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2/19/09 Spanish ballet paintings – Woman and group - Negatively received because of the style, many dabs of paint and not brush strokes, as well as bright colors o Colors were supposed to be subdued and more subtle French picnic - People are recognizable, you can see their faces, which are distinct - A take on a renaissance painting o Renaissance French realism - Proper Victorian women found this woman offensive because she did not turn her head away, flaunting her beauty, daring you to confront her, bold, proud of her sexuality, shocking in her aggressiveness - Fruit sexuality, implication of what has/will take place between these women and men - Men are fully clothed, civilized, shows the contraction of society at the time, men would spend time with prostitutes
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Unformatted text preview: clandestinely outside of social settings, upper class arrogance-Critique: flat figures, few shadows o Without shading, you have an emphasis on silhouettes Eliminate half tones, gray, etc. Olympia-Reference to a Venetian painting-Creates a parody-Clear that this woman is a prostitute: flowers, hair, necklace, name-Replaces dog (which represents fidelity) with cat (which represents seduction and irresistible women)-Does not hide her eyes, looking directly at you, similar to the other painting-The woman is not a nude, she is naked and is not what the male idealizes, she represents the sexual desire that she herself desires (not just the man)-Black women and prostitutes were considered similar, both degenerate, hypersexuality...
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This note was uploaded on 05/03/2009 for the course ART 2600 taught by Professor Bernstock, j during the Spring '08 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).

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