paintings-of-women

anonymous asked:

That whole 'wanting large/muscular women to beat me up' thing is gross to me because it paints large women as violent and angry which is a stigma that affects them really badly ): it like really makes me sad seeing that be popular culture in feminist circles

I didn’t mean for my joke post to turn into discourse but yeah, there is some bad stuff to that at times. It’s also very commonly used on black women, even small framed black women and that’s a very harmful bit of racist misogyny right there that we shouldn’t ignore, especially for those of us who are white (like me).

So people should be mindful of that and careful about who they’re saying this about and how they’re saying it. You know the sort of basic self analysis thing we should be generally doing imo

Like obviously I don’t think every instance of it is a problem but sometimes it gets into “problematique” territory. 

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Twentieth century painter Romaine Brooks introduces herself in a 1923 self-portrait: She wears a narrowly cut, long, black riding jacket with a white blouse. She has short, cropped hair and her eyes are shadowed by a black high hat. There’s the slightest smudge of maybe pink on her lips — otherwise the whole portrait is black and various shades of gray.

An American who lived in Paris, Brooks conveys loneliness, strength and vulnerability, says Joe Lucchesi, consulting curator an exhibit of Brooks’ work at the Smithsonian — “a kind of care-worn but very strong presence all combined in one.”

Brooks painted androgynous women and depicted nudes so melancholy they’d make Renoir’s pinky ladies weep. She left most of her work to the American Art Museum, where her work is currently on view.

Painter Romaine Brooks Challenged Conventions In Shades Of Gray

Images: Smithsonian American Art Museum