Monday, August 2, 2021

Women With Hats, Thank You Very Much --- Day 10/91

Walk: Presidio Pickleball

Distanee:2.4 miles, 90 minutes pickle

Henri Matisse, Woman with Hat, 1905, oil on canvas

Once upon a time it was considered scandalous to portray a strong woman wearing clothes that rival her face for attention and looking straight (and undemurely) at the viewer.  History records that when Matisse did just that, and entered his painting in the Paris Salon of 1905, he was severely ridiculed by the French press and public and even hung in effigy outside the Art Institute of Chicago.

Mickalene Thomas, Qusuquzah, une tres belle negress 1, 2011, Rhinestones, acrylic paint, oil, enamel paint on wood panel

He also opened the door for no holds barred portraits like the powerful one above that sparkles with rhinestones when you see it in person.

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