Sunday, May 11, 2008

Six Images In Search Of An Exhibition XII

Mary Cassatt (1844-1926): The Minutiae of Motherhood

Mother Playing with Her Child, c.1897

Mother and Child Against a Green Background, 1897

Nurse Reading to a Little Girl
, 1895

Maternal Kiss, 1897

Mother Playing with Her Child, c.1897

Mother Combing Child's Hair, 1901

I have touched with a sense of art some people - they felt the love and the life. Can you offer me anything to compare to that joy for an artist?

Mary Cassatt

Musique du Jour: Maurice Ravel, String Quartet

Addendum VI

Berthe Morisot (1841-1895): When Every Season Was Spring

Hide and Seek, 1873

Butterfly Hunt, 1874

In a Park, 1874

In the Garden at Maurecourt, ca. 1884

Real painters understand with a brush in their hand.

Berthe Morisot

Verso XIII

Sarah Lucas (b. 1962): Sarah, Sarah, Quite Contrary

Self-Portrait With Fried Eggs, 1996

Sarah Lucas may not be the most talked about of the Young British Artists but she has always been one of the most important. At the beginning of the 90s, while women were trading shoulder pads for Wonderbras and cocktails for pints of lager, Sarah Lucas swapped feminist theory for Page Three.

Lucas challenged the street slang used to describe women by turning it into physical forms. She replaced anger and embarrassment with humour, portraying breasts as melons or fried eggs, catching public attention with hard-hitting sculpture and spreads from The Sun. In making physical representations of sexual slang and celebrating stories about rampant dwarves she moved the discussion further along then any amount of protest art.

From the BBC Collective website, which recently folded.

Bonus Track: What's Inside a Girl? - The Cramps (from A Date With Elvis)