The Effect Rococo Art Had On The Equality Of Women To Men

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Throughout Western history it was known to have this Patriarchal system in which the men are the head of the family, and community, during which these spheres between the male and female were divided, each having their own set of roles: the male in the public view and the women in the private view. The men worry about what is going on outside the home like politics, money, control over property while the women take care of what happens on the inside of the home doing things like taking care of the children and doing the house work. With these roles set in place the women have had a hard time being respected because of this Patriarchy.
This lack of respect and no real opportunity to interact intellectually with this Patriarchy gave the patrons and artists the fire to build their own way of having discussions and interactions with others through their salons in their home during the 18th century. The Salons were where Rococo art became well known and wanted throughout the elite. This woman dominated style helped create an opportunity, for many years after, for women to gain a sort of freedom that has been a struggle for them achieve.
I believe this period was a window that helped make it easier for women to become more equal to men and that this era was a necessity, which even if women artists now don’t realize the help that Rococo gave it was a step in the right direction. That even though the artists may not see it themselves, Rococo has had an influence on their own work as well.
But, if you have ever heard of the Rococo style in the art world you would more than likely hear it is this crazy girl era where women had free reign to create art any way they saw fit. You more than likely would have been influenced to learn how it is all just fluffy and frilly. The Rococo patrons and artists wanted to choose something less masculine, something different then what was seen before. It’s not this war like painting with hard lines or dark colors; it came up between the years of the Baroque style and the Neoclassic style. The Baroque, as seen in Caravaggio’s painting (Figure 1), is all about evoking emotion from the painting with its dramatic stories of emotional tension and movements, hard lines, and deep colors. Neoclassic style, as seen in Jacques-Louis David’s painting (figure 2), is a more smooth painting, still has the old rational thinking but made it new, and it is more thought provoking verses being all about emotions . Historically because of all these reasons Rococo has been looked down up.
When women start to get this power people of their own time looked down on it and disrespected it. Enlightenment thinkers of this 18th century said that the Rococo art is “immoral”. Jean-Jacques Rousseau, an 18th century man believed that with women gaining this sense of power their art became wrong because he believes it is all about ornamentation and mythological creatures. Even if it was a man doing the painting and a woman was just...

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