Les Baigneuses


Cécile André‘s latest photographic series reimagines the iconic “bathers” of impressionist painting, offering a fresh and contemporary perspective. Traditionally, these depictions have portrayed women as passive objects of male desire, conforming to societal norms. André’s interpretation disrupts this by presenting the bather as a dynamic figure that defies objectification. By challenging viewers to reconsider their perceptions of women’s bodies in art, the artist critiques societal norms and offers a powerful commentary. Through her innovative approach, André invites viewers to appreciate the beauty and power of the female form.

In the late 18th century, ‘Les baigneuses’ became prominent in Western art, appearing in works by Ingres, Cézanne, Renoir, Courbet, and countless others found in museums worldwide. These paintings reveal societal norms imposed on women throughout history and provide insight into how women’s bodies have been viewed. While the bather was once a traditional subject in art, today she is no longer an object of desire, but a moving figure. As a result, the bather is gradually losing her status as a muse.

Cécile André

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