jimboo wrote:Maggi Hambling is a bit of an art hero for me. I don't know, it seems the people who do not care for it would be happier if it was more like whistlers mother standing up and pointing with her finger or summat.
As someone said there seems to be a desire to see suffragettes and feminist figures as costumed firmly in the past or unthreatening.
I expect in the future people may be more interested in who she was because of the figure more than they would with a princess Lea wearing a dress that dulls her femininity. ( Or am i being sexist ?)
In the same way that we need to have naked statues of Winston Churchill to make sure people will be interested in him?
As Mary said herself.
“Taught from their infancy that beauty is woman's sceptre, the mind shapes itself to the body, and roaming round its gilt cage, only seeks to adorn its prison.”
She believed that the fashion of her day confined and defined women
"Women have become 'enervated by confinement and false notions of modesty' and this has affected their mental capacities too:"
"Let us then, by being allowed to take the same exercise as boys, not only during infancy, but youth, arrive at perfection of body, that we may know how far the natural superiority extends"
Maybe the idea of a female artist depicting her free from the fashion and corsets and style seemingly essentially in the ways to be a 'catch' would actually please her ?
I don't think she would see it as shameful but rather more symbolic of the natural beauty, strength and pride that was denied to her during her lifetime.
Of course I am a man. I am genuinely keen to hear more from the ladies of the board.