The gendered image: deconstructing life drawing.

Roberts, Amanda and Riley, Howard (2014) The gendered image: deconstructing life drawing. The International Journal of the Image, 4 (1). pp. 77-86. ISSN 2150-8560

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Abstract

This article argues that viewers of artworks in general, and drawings of the female nude in particular, are positioned in terms of their mood and attitude towards the subject-matter of the artwork specifically by the compositional selections of the maker of the artwork, together with the viewer’s gender orientation. Two opposing ideological positions concerning the representation of the female nude are discussed, those of the traditionalist Kenneth Clark and, against him, the early feminists, and their differences charted. The article then proposes that these positions are only two of many available, and demonstrates how a constructivist philosophical base informed by deconstruction theory provides a means of analysis – and synthesis - of drawings which reveals alternative modal positionings of the gendered viewer by means of non-traditional compositional choices. The article is illustrated with drawings by the authors and others.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Gender, Life drawing
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NC Drawing Design Illustration
Divisions: Institutes and Academies > Wales Institute for Science & Art (WISA) > Academic Discipline: Art & Media
Depositing User: Professor Howard Riley
Date Deposited: 01 Aug 2017 14:59
Last Modified: 22 Jan 2020 13:49
URI: http://repository.uwtsd.ac.uk/id/eprint/759

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