The Painted Witch: How Western Artists Have Viewed the Sexuality of Women

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Women have frequently been portrayed by male artists as manageable stereotypesmindless, harmless or bad. Matisse was obsessed by women but pictured them as pretty shapes that blended with the carpet. One of Klimt's females, cloaked in gold, is both an icon and a "super-doll," passive and mute. Miro, Nolde and Picasso dwelt on the image of woman as man-eater, usurper of male power. Mullins, a British art critic, has written a brilliant, devastating, richly illustrated study of how men's attitudes toward women are revealed in art. Bridging compartmentalized disciplines and writing in an offhandedly candid style, he comments that "paintings have performed a wonderful public-relations job" of promoting the Christian ideal of the virgin. He plumbs depths of male hostility concealed in portrayals of maidens, martyrs, whores, mothers and actresses. And he offers sympathetic comments on positive depictions of womenfor example, Rembrandt's portraits of his wife, Saskia, brimming with enormous affection. November 15
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Mullins takes on all of Western art in this investigation of how male artists have presented women in their work. He concludes that the majority of paintings classed as masterpieces are very hostile and filled with male paranoia about what would transpire if women were indeed equal. Mullins's point is well thought out; however, the extremely colloquial style he has adopted is often so flippant as to undermine not just his argument, but the seriousness of the subject itself. Popular art criticism allows the general public access to a world that is often closed to them, buried under a blanket of scholarly jargonbut Mullins's sardonic wit allows the reader to bury his or her concern under the blanket of laughter. Nevertheless, this is worth considering for general, art, and women's studies collections. Patricia Scott, Comparative Arts Dept., Ohio Univ., Chillicothe
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