George Braque's La Grande Nude Portrait

Standing Female Nude poem actually derives from George Braque’s La Grande Nude portrait which belongs to the Cubist art movement which began in Paris around 1907. The Cubists used analytic system which requires to redefine the three parts of the portrait from several points of view, instead of using the single point of view. The moment is mentioned as ‘a new way of representing the world’ and divided into two phases as Synthetic(1913-20’s) and Analytic(1907-12) phase which is implied and mocked in the Standing Female Nude. The poem has also a very significant meaning for literature because of that it is a good symbol for the destructive effects of Cubism and Patriarchy which can be seen along the whole poem. In early era of Cubism, …show more content…
The poet has chosen this poem because of that she wanted to use the idea of prosopopeia as Grace Nichols does in Picasso, I Want My Face Back. This influence is seen clearly in Standing Female Nude in which there is an interior, dramatic monologue which Duffy usually use in her poems and belongs to the narrator who is also the prostitute. This is also what causes intertextually. This three stanza poem’s literal subject is a man who draws a whore. As always, Duffy uses a accessible language, additionally, not using specific scheme, rhyme or meter which demolish the eloquence of poem. Notwithstanding, there are also several imaginary which were splattered along the whole poem. The message, comprising her response to the painter and patriarchal system, is given through the aspect of a prostitute who is modeling to the Cubist painter George. In doing so, the poet has selected that title to create a contradiction with the context. Because the title, Standing Female Nude, has classification and objectification of women however the poem indicates the woman’s thoughts as an inner and dramatic monologue. As an example, “Standing” word seems like “stagnant” which implies women’s statue which never improves in the …show more content…
As a conclusion of these, drawing a parallel between these visual and verbal representations might bear a couple of problems or contradictory issues because of the differences which were created by the time gap. For example, some of the issues that compose the main messages of the Standing Female Nude, feminism, women’s rights or any thought over inequality of male and female genders, could not be mentioned or considered in the term of Cubism or in the beginning of the 20th century. However, this is also why Duffy, as a feminist poet, chose a male artist and prostitute as the speaker. In doing so, Duffy bridges the gap which was caused by not mentioning genders issues in 1900’s, while she develops a point of view through a whore who lives in 1900’s social dynamics. The one of the characteristics of the date when the poet wrote Standing Female Nude is also postmodernism and poststructuralism which we can see all the thematic features of them along the whole poem which create the tension between the conservative form and postmodern content which constitutes irony, absolute truth, ideology, objective reality,

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