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The Legacy Of Simone De Beauvoir On Modern French Visual Art, Rebecca Trevalyan Dec 2013

The Legacy Of Simone De Beauvoir On Modern French Visual Art, Rebecca Trevalyan

Journal of International Women's Studies

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.