Modern Women
 

Rebecca West

"I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a door mat or a prostitute." - Rebecca West in "Mr Chesterton in Hysterics: A Study in Prejudice," The Clarion, November 14, 1913

Worksheet 4 or 5 Due
Rebecca West
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/books/article-1283776/Clever-girls-terrible-taste-men-BETWEEN-THE-SHEETS-BY-LESLEY-MCDOWELL.html
 

 

 

 

 

 

Mother and Sister of the Artist

Berthe Morisot. Mother and Sister of the Artist. 1870.

Avant-garde = artists or works that are novel or experimental
 
Relates to the military term for soldiers who
explore the battlefield ahead of the advancing army
Suggests a small group of intellectuals who
push the boundaries of what is accepted as the norm
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Impressionism = a movement among late nineteenth-century French painters who sought to present a true representation of light and color. Working primarily outdoors, such artists applied small touches of paint to catch fleeting impressions of the scenes before them. Many American artists adopted the style.

In the Garden

 
The Impressionists were interested in:
Representing immediate visual sensations through color and light
Experimenting with short, choppy brushstrokes
Painting outdoors, away from the studio,
and with pre-made paint
"En Plein Air" = in the open air
 
Berthe Morisot. In the Garden. c. 1884.
http://www.antiquesandfineart.com/articles/media/images/00801-00900/00845/Morisot.Garden-Maurecourt.jpg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"sketch aesthetics"
 

Summer's Day

Woman at the Toilette

Berthe Morisot. Summer's Day. 1879.
Berthe Morisot.  Woman at Her Toilette. 1875.
http://secretloft.files.wordpress.com/2008/02/morisot_woman-at-her-toilette.jpg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cassatt Self-Portrait

Mary Cassatt.  Self-Portrait.  1878.
http://www.mystudios.com/women/abcde/cassatt/cassatt-self-portrait-1878.jpg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mother Washing Sleepy Child

Breakfast in Bed

Mary Cassat. Mother Washing Sleepy Child. 1880.
Bullard, E. John. Mary Cassatt: Oils and Pastels. Watson-Guptill Publications: New York, 1998.
Mary Cassatt. Breakfast in Bed. 1897.
http://www.huntington.org/ArtDiv/ArtPix/CassattBreakfast.JPEG

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mother and Child

Mary Cassatt. Mother and Child. c. 1905.
http://0.tqn.com/d/arthistory/1/0/e/y/cdc_nga_2010-11_55.jpg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Women Bathing

Pierre- Auguste Renoir. The Bathers . 1887.
Preble, Duane, Sarah Preble and Patrick Frank. Artforms. Seventh ed. Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, NJ, 2002.

 

"I consider women writers, lawyers and politicians as monsters and nothing but five-legged calves. The woman artist is merely ridiculous, but I am in favor of the female singer and dancer." - Pierre - Auguste Renoir

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Modern Woman mural

Mary Cassatt.  Modern Woman.  Mural for World's Columbian Exposition.  1893.
http://members.cox.net/academia/cassatt.html taken from Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Vol. 86, Issue 516, May 1893.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Historical Context
1900
Freud publishes "The Interpretation of Dreams"

First Miss America

1903
Wright brother's first flight
1905
Einstein formulates theory of relativity
1907

Swimmer Annette Kellerman is arrested for indecent exposure while trying to popularize a one-piece swimsuit worn with tights rather than bloomers

1912
Titanic sinks
1914
Henry Ford's Model-T plant opens
1919
Eighteenth Amendment makes sale, manufacture, and transportation of intoxicating liquors illegal
1920
Nineteenth Amendment gives women gain the right to vote in the United States
1921

First Miss America pageant

1926
Norma Smallwood, Miss America 1926, makes $100,000 in appearance fees, an income higher than either Babe Ruth or the president of the United States.
 
Margaret Gorman,
the First Miss America
http://www.assumption.edu/ahc/vanities/Margaret
GormanMissAmerica.jpg