(Fe)male

In this series, also on square format, but smaller I am working on a serie of women and men in arts.
Women of different times like Artemisia Gentileschi (16th century) and Eva Hesse (20th century).
Wouldn’t it be interesting when they could talk about their work and life..?

Quotations

Another thought is about quoting artists. Quotations of course work because the spectator recognizes the reference. Because a lot of works by women are unknown (and of course many oeuvres of male artists too) they are seldom quoted.
This shows how quotations are reinforcing the status quo.

Here we see Artemisia Gentileschi painting on a part of a work of Eva Hesse. They are both famous artists and shown in art books. At the time when I went to art school Artemisia was one of the very few women artists that you could find in Arnason….

Eva Hesse was an artist I could Identify with. Her influence as a woman making fundamental art in the seventies has been great and an exception in that time.

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    Natalja Gontcharova carrying a Motherwell, while the position refers to the image of Maplethorpes’ photo of Louise Bourgeois, after painting to many flowers and birds.
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    Artemisia Gentileschi painting on a part of a work of Eva Hesse. They are both known artist and shown in art books. At the time when I went to art school Artemisia was one of the very few women artists that you could find in Arnason…. Eva Hesse was an artist I could Identify with. Her influence as a woman working with fundamentle art in the seventies has been great and an exception in that time.
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    In these two paintings I chose a male and a female painter who knew each other. One is Sien van Houten, who is also the wife of Hendrik Willem Mesdag. She was known as a painter and participated in the making of Panorama Mesdag. The other painter is George Hendrik Breitner. He also worked on the Panorama. I found they both painted flowers in a ginger pot. The selfportrait of Breitner is mixed with a work of Picasso, who was about 20 years younger.
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    George Hendrik Breitner I tried to achieve two portraits that show a psychological image of the two. Two portraits that are equal in power and with an androgynous appearance.