Summary Of Bridget Quinn'sBroad Strokes

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In the reading, “Broad Strokes” by Bridget Quinn, she emphasizes on the great artists who have made art history. Each one of the six artists had lived an artistic life. The Artist, Bourgeois, was a French American who was born In Paris on Christmas day of 1911 and was named after her father (Louis Bourgeois). Most of her childhood she spent with her mother to help attend to her health. By the age of ten, she began to draw missing parts of tapestries, and also became an expert in drawing feet and legs. Bourgeois decided to paint a portrait of a penis in 1968. She called it the “Fillette” which meant little girl. Her instructor Fernand Leger had told her “you are not a painter. You are a sculptor” (pg 129). So she had decided to give up painting and try sculpting. Her first sculptures were made out of balsa wood that were tall and abstract, that she would call her “personages”. Mendieta and Bourgeois had several things in common. They both were sculptors and they both lost someone that was dear to their heart. One mother died of a tumor, and the other lost her mother. Mendieta was married to a sculptor named Carl Andre. She then decided to make sculptures in the landscape, because she no longer had a motherland that she could turn to. She decided to join with Earth, it helped her feel a closer connection to her womb. Mendieta made portraits of volcanoes, which implied sex, creation, and vaginal womblike. She also used gunpowder and blood in the portraits, she wanted her images

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