Mary Thompson ‘19

Art History major, French minor
Recipient of the 2018 AHSS Summer Research Award
Faculty advisor: Kriszta Kotsis

Project Title: Pubic Hair Untamed: Agency and Primitivism in Modigliani's Female Nudes (2018)

Project Abstract: “Pubic Hair Untamed” explores the ways in which a series of female nudes painted by twentieth century artist Amedeo Modigliani complicate viewership by confronting both racial and gender identities by discussing Modigliani’s studies of ‘primitivist art,’ and the inclusion of pubic hair (a widely omitted detail of female nudes in the art historical canon).  Drawing on feminist and intersectional analysis, my research questions the power dynamics forged between viewer, subject, and artist within these works, and explores how they construct the way women and their bodies are represented in art.