Te Role and Deception of Women in Art

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The feminist art movement first began in the 1960’s as a result of many factors. Women had always previously been used as subjects of art produced by male artists. These women have been portrayed as ideal feminine figures and sexualized objects of desire. This can be seen in Titians painting, Venus of Urbino (1538), which shows a woman reclining and staring seductively at her audience. She has no identity beyond that of an object to be gawked at by an intended male audience. In the twentieth century, this idea is maintained. Sexualized images of women are continually circulated via mass media. In the form of pin ups - usually well-known personalities, but like earlier depictions of women they were presented as sexual objects, their sole purpose was to flaunt their sexuality for men. Tired of being misrepresented as subjects and overlooked as serious artists, women artists revolted during this feminist movement with a kind of art that had an undeniable presence that was too shocking to be ignored. Although some previous works strayed from the traditional representation of women, such as Manet’s assertive Olympia, whose style began in the late 60’s saw an influx of bold feminist works. This new found freedom led women artists, from Judy Chicago to Hannah Wilke, to rebel against the constraints of tradition, creating a new paradigm for the female subject in the art world. Feminist artists created familiar images of women and used them as a means to propel their agenda. When depicted by women, the female body became a powerful weapon against the social constructs of gender. The feminist art movement was not just about challenging the way women were viewed as artists and subjects in works of art, but it was about women confronting their subordinate roles in society. Art was just one platform used by feminists to rebel and promote their ideas. In the decades leading up to

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