116th Annual Conference - Bellingham, Washington
Friday, November 9 - Sunday, November 11, 2018

Women in French IV: La représentation des femmes dans la peinture française de David à Picasso/The Representation of Women in French Paintings from David to Picasso

Session Chair: 
Catherine Montfort, Santa Clara University
Session 6: Saturday 3:15 pm – 4:45 pm
Miller Hall 113


  1. Maria G. Traub, Neumann University
      In art as in society, the place of women was still relegated to the expected spheres of motherhood, consort, or mistress.  Women were very much kept in their places in spite of the “Age if Ideas.”  A few of them left valuable works but socially, men were in control.  
  2. Cyrielle Faivre, Providence College
    I will show that, in his Bathers – a series of nudes presented in the 1886 Impressionist Exhibition – Degas entraps the female body in multiple forms of prisons (gender, class, the viewer’s voyeuristic gaze) in order to give more freedom to the very act of painting, which becomes innovating and experimental. This way, the artist invites the viewer to rethink the very act of looking.
  3. Michaela Hulstyn, Reed College
    This paper examines the representation of Algerian women in Orientalist paintings (Matisse, Delacroix) as explored in the work of writers Leila Sebbar and Assia Djebar. It takes a cognitive approach in order to understand the layering of representation that these authors use in their fiction (and the effect that ekphrasis has in particular on the reader.) 
  4. Kevin Elstob, California State University, Sacramento
    How in spite of the exclusionary barriers they faced, nineteenth-century women painters using portraiture, landscapes, still life, and contemporary French women film directors have created works that are transformative and transforming.
Session Cancelled: