Portrait of Phillis Wheatley.
Like, you know, whatever.
According to a commenter on the WSJ, this is the music used in last night’s episode of The Good Wife. It sounds right to me!
Reading about Deborah Samson, the most well-documented of the women who served in combat, passing as a man, in the American Continental Army during the War of Independence. At one point she got three musket balls to the leg and cut them out herself so that an army surgeon wouldn’t discover her gender.
Despite an honorable discharge, it took her 33 years of legal pursuit (and the intervention of Paul Revere!) for her to get her military pension.
There are so many other women whose stories we don’t know. There are books about Deborah Samson, Abigail Adams, and other women of the era, but WOC just have this one line in Wikipedia*:
“Black women, many of whom were slaves, served both the Americans and the British in the capacity of nurses, laundresses and cooks.”
(*That I’ve seen in my cursory search; point being that a cursory search of women in the American revolution did turn up white lady info. God I am boring myself.)
A Young Girl Reading, c. 177o, oil on canvas, 81.1 x 64.8 cm, National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
Jean-Honoré Fragonard was a French painter and printmaker whose late Rococo manner was distinguished by remarkable facility, exuberance, and hedonism. He painted several young girls in moments of quiet solitude. According to his friends, he painted these very quickly - in an hour, using bold, energetic strokes. A Young Girl Reading shares this brilliant technique. The girl’s dress and cushion are painted with quick and fluid strokes, in broad unblended bands of startling color. Her fingers are defined by mere swerves of the brush. Fragonard’s spontaneous brushwork, rather than the subject, becomes the focus of the painting. He explored the point at which a simple trace of paint becomes a recognizable form, dissolving academic distinctions between a sketch and finished painting.
Impressionism before impressionism was cool?