Arguably the woman that first inspired and shaped the Women’s Liberation Movement in Western Europe, Simone de Beauvoir had an emboldening influence on women engaged in a variety of vocations. Visual art is an area of influence that has been less examined in academia. This project considers the heritage of Beauvoir’s Le Deuxième Sexe in the work of five French women artists; in particular the depiction of femininity as artifice, the tensions between painted appearance and corporeal reality, and the bravery required to take action, to persistently defy the gaze of a male-coded society.
The Legacy of Simone de Beauvoir on Modern French Visual Art.
Journal of International Women's Studies, 14(4), 61-79.
Available at: http://vc.bridgew.edu/jiws/vol14/iss4/6