Lucie Hessel was the wife of Vuillard’s art dealer Jos Hessel. He found her combination of moods and strong personality interesting enough to paint her multiple times over the course of forty years.
In thinking about women’s prospects in the arts over the past half century, I realize we’ve indeed come a long way from the stereotype of the active male artist and the passive female muse—men looking at women and women looking at themselves being looked at. Given women’s greater autonomy in general and in sexual matters in particular, it should be payback time, a chance for the woman artist’s gaze to linger on the naked male body as a source of esthetic delight and desire. Yet, “nude” remains virtually synonymous with the female body.
Part of what modern art credits do is project modern sensibilities into interpretations. While such criticisms can range from dry to pathological to imaginative insights into creativity, they are also often projections. Mind reading only exists in what we imagine others thinking. To say all male artists see females subjects as passive is an over used and stereotypical projection itself. Within the context of a body of work and knowledge of the artist’s life some of those projections do have fairly solid foundations. While others none at all. That can be proven anyway. Male artists, as M’s Wei acknowledges, have also painted a canon of male nudes. Whether classical or modern some of those male nudes have been highly eroticised. They’ve certainly been explicit and dare we say it, occasionally exploitative. The artistic process likely a combination of satiating the fantasies of the artists and the purely platonic love of line and form. Thankfully Wei gives women artists credit for often portraying the male figure as a mystery, unexplored territory. Something one longs for and has trepidations. Sometimes they are merely an excuse to for interesting brushwork and lush colors. A body is as good as an autumn tree. There is, as has been the traditions in some of their male counterparts, the female revenge fantasy. The sexes use and abuse themselves and each other, thus exploration of the that territory is nearly an obligation for the figure painter.
Corporations Post Record Profits As Republicans Call For Eliminating The ‘Insidious’ Corporate Income Tax. As I thought of the similarities between President Obama and George W. Bush. If Obama is the great satanist secret Kenyan Muslim socialist than what does that say about former President Bush’s national security polices. Obama has made some changes and been remarkably successful in his national security strategy, but Obama has also kept many of Bush’s presidential prerogatives in regards executive power. So doesn’t that mean Bush was also a largely secret Muslim socialist. Or there is little daylight between conservatism and Kenyan Muslim socialism.