Angela’s blog assignment on motherhood and female repression.
Pierre Puvis de Chavannes The Young Mother
This painting was featured in the catalogue of the first monographic exhibition of the painter’s work that opened in 1887. It was next found at the Charles Pacquement collection, and later in the Gould collection. It is an autumnal scene in which nature appears in brown and golden tones, with a young mother,
her children and a dog in the foreground to the right; two trees are at the centre of the composition and a river gently flowing separates them from an open field. The painting et me think about the rise of women’s status.
“That a woman should never, for a moment, feel herself independent,
that she should be governed by fear to exercise her natural cunning,
and made a coquettish slave in order to render her a more alluring object of desire,
a sweeter companion to man, whenever he choose to relax himself…” Rousseau said.
Marry Wollstonecraft said
” I now allude husband know the extent of her Dr. Gregory’s treatise,
where he advise a wife never to let her husband know the extent of her sensibility or affection.
Voluptuous precaution, and as ineffectual as absurd.”