Art And Feminist Art History

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Art history is the study of all forms of art throughout history and the ways in which it has evolved. Art historians specialize in a variety of different eras, methods, contents, and styles. Most art historians analyze, dissect, and attempt to learn more about art, artists, and the subjects and trends that have occurred in art since its conception. Analyzing art can be done in a number of ways, from how it was created, to when it was produced, down to the subject matter of the art. An assortment of methodologies for analyzing art have been established to more easily identify and study art. Some of these methodologies are well named, concisely describing the function of that method. Artist biography focuses on the life of the artist and events that may have affected their art. Feminist art history is the study of artworks through a feminist lens, emphasizing the struggle of women and their traditionally gendered and sexualized portrayals in art. Social art history concentrates on the structure of society and events at the time the artwork was created. Gay and lesbian art history highlights the eroticism and homosexuality that certain artists made present in their artwork, but not necessarily in their everyday life. Other methodologies are more difficult to interpret. Formalism is the study of the basic forms, colors, and positions of the subject matter of the art. Postcolonialism focuses on the way artists portray native peoples in colonized lands. Psychoanalysis uses a
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