Women wearing red do not go unnoticed. This grouping shows her as spiritually engaged, romanticized, close to the earth.

We can think of this sampling as two small dots on the art history timeline, one from the 1840s, the other from the 1920s and 1930s. The status of women and therefore their representation in art has changed dramatically during this time period. In the earlier works we see the women held within their social roles, while the later works show evidence of women's increasing independence.


Joseph Légaré Josephte Ourné, 1840


Antoine Plamondon Sister Saint-Alphonse, 1841


Prudence Heward Girl on a Hill, 1928


Alfred Pellan Girl with Anemones, 1932 © Estate Alfred Pellan / SODRAC