Eclogue By Kenyon Cox: Contentment Analysis

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In the 19th century many debates raged on the correct way to showcase a women’s body in a painting. “What was the relationship between women’s moral and sexual nature?” (pg. 272), artist worked to find a balance between these two concepts. A successful combination of these two topics can be seen in the can be seen in Eclogue by artist Kenyon Cox. Cox’s painting depicts four women naked and partially clothed lounging about together in a field. In the painting the women are youthful and in classical poses to make them appear more “innocent” as opposed being overtly sexual. This painting showed how American artist “attempted to downplay the sexual implications by making the women more youthful…as well as more idealized” (pg. 285) This painting

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