Week 5- Artist- Victorine Meurent

After doing some research, I found out that Victorine started her modeling career at the young age of 16. This stood out to me because in her modeling, she went against gender norms, so she challenged society’s norms at a very young age. I also found out that Victorine was not only a model and artist, but she also was a musician. She played the violin and the guitar. To me, Victorine seems like she was extremely talented at a young age, but she also seemed very mature.


This painting of Victorine stood out to me the most when I did an image search. In this picture, she is gazing right at us, which is rare for her time period because it was more of a manly and aggressive thing to do. Women would usually look away from the camera because it was more passive.

In this picture, you can also see that she is dressed up as a bullfighter, but she adds femininity to it. She adds pink and purple and also is wearing feminine shoes. I think this painting perfectly depicts the statements that Victorine wanted to say about women’s gender roles. Overall, I think that Victorine had a lot of talent, and she used this talent to make a statement.


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