Essay on Mabel Dwight 's Summer Night

717 Words Nov 7th, 2014 3 Pages
Mabel Dwight’s Summer Night 1955 found in Gallery V of the Chazen Museum of Art, is a lithograph on 8 5/8 x 11 1/8 inches. This print represents an idealized representation of the feminist movement in the twentieth century. The shadows in the work are personified by two women like figures undressing and one man like figure standing by an open door. The light shining out of the windows and open door highlight the women’s undergarments which hang loosely in plain view by the man’s shadow. I argue that the chiaroscuro presented in this work creates a visual vocabulary of warmth and invitation which reflects the feminist conversation of the 1950s, and thus, advocates women 's rights of political, social, and economic equality to men. Mabel Dwight’s Summer’s Night evokes emotion by raising consciousness in order to make a political statement through the feminist art movement that sought to reflect women’s lives and experiences by highlighting issues of life around them.Feminism is the the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes. In feminist art, the content became a dialogue. In this way feminists can identify issues, raise questions, provide new responses, reveal hidden dilemmas, and offer alternatives that suggest new ways of seeing, thinking, or being. By emphasizing light onto the personified undressed shadows inside the house, the work goes against the conservative notion that was placed on women of the 1950s, and gives the viewer a clear visual…

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