Jeune Fille Vert and The Awakening

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Tamara de Lempicka, Jeune Fille Vert, 1932

Tamara de Lempicka painted Jeune Fille Vert in 1932. Lempicka's style has been defined as soft cubism and synthetic cubism. This painting displays her Art Deco style. She was inspired by Picasso yet she thought that his style of painting was destructive, so she sought a different approach to cubism using bright colors and hard lines. 


In the painting the young girl in green becomes the focus, and the onlooker is drawn to her colorful form. The colors in the painting are bright and vivid and the greens and yellows in the woman's dress are hard to ignore, especially the way the dress fits her frame  and accentuates her shape. It is almost as if the woman is naked because the outlines of what the dress hides underneath are clear as if the dress is shear. The colors in the background are dark which helps keep the focus on the girl where the colors are. The lines in the painting are sharp and hard. 


The girl in the painting seems to have a look of determination in her eyes. Just viewing her in the image alone and almost looking up to her as the focus she gains much more importance than her time period may allow her. In Kate Chopin's The Awakening the same idea of a strong, independent woman becomes a main theme. Chopin writes: "A feeling of exultation overtook her, as if some power of significant import had been given her to control the working of her body and her soul. She grew daring and reckless, overestimating her strength. She wanted to swim far out, where no woman had swum before." The girl in the painting has this same sense of drive a confident look of determination in her eyes. We get the feeling she, too, will swim far out. 


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