Top Paintings of Women's Backs

Top Paintings of Women's Backs

Dec 23, 2021, 12:35:04 PM Business

Art and artists, since time immemorial, have been obsessed with exploring the subject matter of women by creating women's portraits, sculptures, and motifs. As a result, many famous paintings of women are so profound that they revolutionized many art movements throughout the centuries. 


The Greek masterpiece "Birth of Venus" by Sandro Boticelli prompted a journey of non-religious nudes. "Mona Lisa" by Leonardo da Vinci memorialized the Italian Renaissance. And Frida Kahlo's self-portraits touched upon the feminist struggle, highlighting the role of women in art.


While artists loved to explore women's physical and inner depth, some painters were keener about the different angles of a woman's body, particularly the back. Let's now unravel some of these paintings and the intrigue behind them, shall we?

After the Bath, Woman Drying Herself by Edgar Degas, 1890 -1895

"After the Bath, Woman Drying Herself" is a series of oil pastel female nude drawings created by Edgar Degas. In the artwork, which is a later part in the series, a woman is sitting on a wicker chair covered in white towels, with a black and mustard background providing a contrast. 


The woman is drying her hair with one hand while her other hand is gracefully placed on the hood of the chair. Edgar focuses explicitly on illustrating the back of his model, which is arched and twisted in a way that is intimate and beautiful.


Unlike his earlier ones in the series, this painting has a more vibrant and lively texture, depicting a leisure activity. Apart from subtle brushstrokes, Degas also used his fingertips to give his artwork a more authentic and bold feel.

The Woman at her Toilette by Berthe Morisot, 1875-80

Berthe Morisot is the most underrated Impressionist of not only her time but of contemporary times as well. Despite being just as talented as her colleagues: Renoir, Monet, and Degas, she failed to get even the relics of the popularity and recognition that they did, mainly because of her gender. However, this did not stop her desire to paint in the least. 


Morisot painted the "Woman at her Toilette" between 1875 and 1880. This painting, like all her other artworks, incorporated light, and scattered brush strokes. Her color palette embodies a soothing feel, using harmonious tones of white, blue, lavender, and brown. Her model sits delicately on her chair, looking in the mirror.


However, Morisot broke away from the monotonous theme of painting reflections in the mirror by refusing to reveal the woman's face. Instead, Morisot's paintings defied the objectification of women, and her models exuded selfhood, along with dwelling deep in the comprehension of womanhood.


Published by Anna Wrench

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