Women in Art
Discuss how Varying Depictions of Women in Art Reflect the Time and Place in which the Artworks were created.
Art has depicted women in many ways, often reflecting the culture and experiences of the time. Radical movements in artworks themselves have often, also, fueled the change in perception of women. Art has been critical to the development of culture and has been a way to express ideas and emotions in a complex and picturesque way. Art works such as Summer time 1907 by Rupert Bunny, Margaret Olley 2011 by Ben Quilty and A view from an apartment 2004-05 by Jeff Wall depict women throughout time. These art works use different mediums to convey the theme and content of the artworks and also to reflect the culture at the time.
The 1907 painting Summer time has been said to 'epitomise the leisured spirit of the Belle ÃÂpoque', this show the passive, elegant nature of women in that time.
The artist Rupert Bunny paints on a large scale and yet with pinpoint precision. The Australian artist, born Melbourne 1864, studied in both London and Paris, returning to Australia in the 1930's. Bunny was a distinguished artist for over 50 years, with many of his works on display in leading art galleries of the time, his art works going on tour throughout Europe and paintings collected by museums worldwide. This painting, Summer time, depicts the grand and luxurious life of Parisians during the 18th century. The lavishing clothes and tranquil nature of the painting shows Frances Belle ÃÂpoque or 'beautiful era', a time of optimism, peace and prosperity, as well as new technological advances, all leading to a flourish of new artist and artworks emerging.
The artist, Rupert Bunny, has approached the artwork with the intent to show the...