Eliza Bennett embroiders colored thread into her own hand to challenge the idea that work traditionally reserved for women is easy.

"Using my own hand as a base material, I considered it a canvas upon which I stitched into the top layer of skin using thread to create the appearance of an incredibly work worn hand. Eliza Bennett A woman’s work is never done 2011 Flesh, thread

Edouard Manet - Olympia, 1863, musée d'Orsay

A piece that would be continued to be critiqued, yet has served to influence later impressionists, most notably, Degas (A Modern Olympia)

15 Recent Ads That Glorify Sexual Violence Against Women -- appalling, disgusting, vulgar -- there just are no words strong enough to describe.

15 Recent Ads That Glorify Sexual Violence Against Women

15 Recent Ads That Glorify Sexual Violence Against Women. I don't think the peta ad is glorifying violence against women by singling them out, their ads just always show what we do to animals, but THAT is okay.

Titian's "Venus of Urbino" Mark Twain once called Titian's Venus "the foulest, the vilest, the obscenest picture the world possesses."

Vecellio Tiziano The Venus of Urbino, , Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence. Read more about the symbolism and interpretation of The Venus of Urbino by Vecellio Tiziano.

Gaugin. Manao tupapau (The Spirit of the Dead Keeps Watch) 1892.  Gauguin left France in search of an exotic paradise in 1891, and later died in Tahiti. Here he shows the woman he married there, Teha'amana, haunted by spirits. But the work was not merely a tribute to her, it is also a commentary Manet's Olympia, and hence part of Gauguin's high stakes war in the Parisian art world. A Post-Impressionist, he was drawn to expressive subjects which he framed in a Symbolist

Paul Gauguin, Manao Tupapau (The Spirit of the Dead Watching), 1892 (Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York)

'Suddenly I am seeing the bedsheets of Velázquez's Rokeby Venus and Manet's Olympia. And then it hits me. For centuries male artists have painted naked women reclining on beds. In Emin's feminist masterpiece, the nude has left the building. She has walked away and left her bed as the work of art – not a woman displayed as an object but a woman displaying her inner life and feelings through objects.' (Jones, 27/6/14).

Tracey Emin stands by My Bed as it goes on sale for £1.2m

Dirtied by love and life … Tracey Emin with her most famous work, My Bed.

Édouard Manet, Olympia, 1863  Things to think about when studying: What historical work does Manet reference? How does he update it for the 19th century? Why did viewers find this painting so shocking? What symbolic elements add to the shock factor? Describe Manet’s painting style - what stylistic and formal elements does he use?

Edouard Manet Olympia, 1863 Oil on canvas H. 190 cm Paris, Musée d'Orsay offered to the French State by public subscription initiated by Claude Monet, 1890 © RMN-Grand Palais (Musée d'Orsay) / Hervé Lewandowski


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