The Garden of Les Mathurins at Pontoise, 1876
The woman in the painting is believed to be Maria Deraismes a prominent author and political figure in 1860s France who fought for women’s rights and who was a friend of Pissarro.
"This painting is an unusual subject for Pissarro, who typically preferred more rustic scenes. Here we see a comfortable, middle-class environment, whose peace and prosperity are enjoyed by the well-dressed woman in white. To her right is a glass reflecting ball, and the arrangement of the garden demonstrates the 19th-century fashion for flowers with bright, strong colors. At the time this picture was painted, Pissarro was attempting to give more structure to his loose, Impressionist style. He does so through the solid contrasts of complementary colors-red and green, blue and orange-and dense brushwork applied with small strokes." -- Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
The Record Player (1939)
"The woman in this painting is lost in her thoughts. One strap of her undergarment has slipped from her shoulder. Red light bathes the left side of her face, shoulder, and arm. The background is dark and cavernous. No music sounds.
What could account for this ominous tone? In 1937, Adolf Hitler labeled Karl Hofer and other modern artists "degenerate." Hofer’s paintings were confiscated. He was removed from his teaching post at the Berlin University of the Arts and was forbidden to paint. In 1939, Nazi Germany invaded Poland. World War II began. Still, Hofer painted."
Geneva Saar Ágústsson: Labeled Autistic
"Image of the artist's autistic seven-year-old daughter Geneva as an adult Madonna, with a beautiful floral arrangement for the body, and a zipper across the mouth, symbolizing the silence of autism. Three small oranges hang above her head. Surrounding Geneva are images of trees, lakes, and mountains separated by white-washed pieces of wood."
“Moonlight is sculpture; sunlight is painting.” ― Nathaniel Hawthorne