From Baroque Artists to the Ignored Artist in Siri Hustvedt’s Novel: Literature Reviews the Canon of Art

It has never been easy to be born with the calling of an artist. First of all, for a woman: “All intellectual and artistic creations, even jokes, ironies or parodies, have a better reception in the minds of the masses when they know that somewhere behind the great work or the great deception is to be found a cock and a couple.” from balls”. These are Siri Husvedt’s words bright world, a 2014 novel first published in Anagrama, recently recovered by Seix Barral, with a translation by Cecilia Ceriani. In this novel, she reflects on the role of women in the art world, but also on the stereotypes associated with femininity, which have greatly damaged the appreciation of women’s works. It also explores the difficulty of realizing yourself emotionally without giving up your professional career, without feeling like you’re betraying yourself by entering into a romantic relationship. Sharp and thought-provoking, with characteristic literary and intellectual sophistication.

Perhaps now, after the latest wave of feminism sparked by #MeToo, the public is more willing to read it, as well as restore works by female artists in museums. However, Hustvedt was not the only writer to raise the issue of women in art: Tracey Chevalier and her Long time seller pearl girl (1999) in a recent fictional biography of Leonardo da Vinci’s mother, including the discovery of two baroque references, there are many authors who have recovered the buried voices. Pioneers who shone despite suffering, like Husvedt’s hero, the rejection of their contemporaries. If historians are responsible for reconstructing their art, storytellers offer a reconstruction of their lives and the obstacles they faced. This is a tour of some of the most famous titles.

Source: El Diario

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