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Visual Arts

Degas and his misogyny

May 2008

Sarika Nair
Vishwashanti Gurukul
002767-046

Word Count: 3,749

Table of Content

Table of content………………………………………………………………Page 2

Acknowledgement……………………………………………………………Page 3

Abstract……………………………………………………...………………..Page 4

Introduction…………………………………………………………………..Page 5-6

Introduction of Degas ………………………………………………….….....Page 7-8
Misogyny…………………………………………………………………......Page 9-10

Analysis of Degas’s paintings ……………………………………………….Page 10-15
Voyeurism……………………………………………………………............Page 16-17
Conclusion……………………………………………………………..…….Page 18-19 Bibliography………………………………………………………………... Page 20-21

Acknowledgement

I would like to thank my Extended Essay supervisor Mrs. Shhaina Ali (Visual Art teacher) who lend her precious time to guide me in my extended essay.

Abstract

Degas was an impressionist of the 18th century who had a reputation for his misogyny. Degas usually painted horses, ballet dancers and nudes. Degas’s nudes were not accepted by the public of the 18th century because his nudes used to be very atrocious and awful to the eye. Degas was born to a wealthy family with him being eldest of five children. He lost his mother when he was only thirteen.

Misogyny is a ‘Strong prejudice’ against women. The reasons for the hatred of women perhaps must be simply because they are women, envy or fear of them overpowering them or have had bad experiences with them. But I don’t think that one of these could be the reason why Degas was considered as a misogynist. He didn’t hate all women, he never feared them nor had bad experiences with them. Degas’s nudes used to be presented in a very realistic form, where he captures people, engrossed in their daily activities, which he cherished doing. He was considered as a misogynist because he never married, painted them very direfully without them getting noticed and he always had negative opinions about women.

As Degas liked to capture women in their private activities, he was also believed to be into voyeurism, which is illegitimate. But Degas didn’t want to stimulate any sexual pleasure by observing them. He just wanted to see them absorbed in their work. Degas didn’t paint women in such strange ways, for some sexual pleasure but he only wanted to represent his women in the paintings involved in their daily routine. So this is also one of the reasons why he is considered as a misogynist because he hardly has any paintings with women in some normal activities. Word Count: 289

Is Degas a misogynist or people just assume because he paints them as ‘warts and all’ (phrase)?
INTRODUCTION:

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