Women In Art – Eye Spy

junkyardarts July 11, 2010 Comments Off on Women In Art – Eye Spy

The way to a woman’s heart is too numerous to count, but even harder to know is if you actually made your way into it.

The woman’s face has long been the subject of art…make that long been the subject for art, gossip, music, politics, etc.  One flick of the eye brow may mean one thing to the viewer and a million things to the person in possession of the ‘brow.  Think of Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O’Hara.  Recently I sat down (for 4 hours) with a friend and watched Gone with the Wind, and I found myself loving this character…though she was deplorable at times, I identified with her.  And most of all I understood what was going on in this complex character based solely on the look in her eyes and the expression on her face.  That face!  She had the ability to tell a story with that face while the simplest things would come out of her mouth.  She could just be another pretty face in the crowd but that eyebrow would stop a train in it’s tracks.  The beauty of woman is what lies beneath the surface, as they say, and yet so often a woman leaves it all out there on her face – if only you had the tools to decipher the message.

Artists have captured the many faces of women and have transfixed audiences for centuries with them.  The slightly upturned mouth of the Mona Lisa has become the quintessential image of coy woman…and yet many people still don’t know if she’s actually smiling.  What is she thinking about to make her have that funny little face?

In this delightful montage below we meet a  great many faces of women in art.  What I like most about this video is not knowing the artists who did the works (although I can, and I can thank my militant Art History teachers for that) but identifying the emotions the artists successfully captured (and wondering whether the artists knew what the woman was really thinking when she made the face).  So with that Ill let you play a little eye-spy!  Of course, ladies have the advantage here since we know what is really going on behind that coy face…but gents, Ill give you the benefit of the doubt that you will distinguish between the forlorn I-wish-I-I-had-autonomy-and-more-wine and forlorn I-wish-my-babe-was-back-from-war-already.  Also difficult to distinguish is the Im-sleeping-with-the-artist and I-wish-I-was-sleeping-with-the-artist look.

Good luck!

Philip Scott Johnson /

Comments are closed.