from the diary of the last ten years of her life..one page she writes "Diego estoy sola" (Diego I am alone)
"In The Loge is an 1878 Impressionist (oil) painting by American artist Mary Cassatt. It depicts a woman at the Garnier Opera using opera glasses to examine the audience, while she herself is being spied upon by another gentleman in the audience."
Frida Kahlo is perhaps one of the most well-known female artist today. She completed many self-portraits in her short life depicting her own reality and internal struggle.
She had relationships with men and women, most notably was her passionate and volatile relationship with Diego Rivera.
I have always felt a kindred spirit with Kahlo through converging realities in different eras
my moms been telling me to read this book "the invention of wings".
It references Judy Chicago's feminist installation "the dinner party" located at the brooklyn museum
really enjoyed seeing that installation, it highlights many important woman in different industries throughout out history.
Women are still in the minority as successful painters, while women as a subject have always been in the forefront of art history and modern art. It is always interesting to see the difference in the way that women depict their own gender as opposed to the more common muse and artist relationship of men painting women.
Luise Elizabeth Vigee LeBron is probably the most influential female painter of the 18th century. I don't really see a distinct difference between her overall depiction of female muses and a mans. There does seem to be a greater comfort level that the muses have in posing for her and certainly the greatest level of intimacy and disclosure is achieved with her self portraits.
Happy Birthday Leonardo!
Da Vinci is most well know for his modestly sized enigmatic painting of Lisa del Giocondo the Mona Lisa, but he was a true renaissance man in his many contributions to knowledge and the arts.