“La Belle Dame sans Merci” by Frank Dicksee, 1902

This picture is fascinating to me because of its portrayal of a powerful female character who doesn’t fall into any of the typical modern ‘Strong Female Character’ cliches.
The woman is the powerful, sexually assertive and threatening figure here, while the man is the more passive figure, visibly vulnerable to her. However, this portrayal of a woman as assertive and powerful doesn’t rely either on sexualizing her or on presenting that power in masculine ways.
This Belle Dame is traditionally feminine, drawn in flowing lines and curves. She is sexually assertive but not sexualized. The man is armed, masculine, stiff and drawn in straight, square lines - all stereotypically masculine, but his body language and expression make it obvious that he is the submissive and less powerful party here. His vulnerability is not expressed by de-masculinizing him, just as her power is not shown by making her any less feminine.

“La Belle Dame sans Merci” by Frank Dicksee, 1902

This picture is fascinating to me because of its portrayal of a powerful female character who doesn’t fall into any of the typical modern ‘Strong Female Character’ cliches.

The woman is the powerful, sexually assertive and threatening figure here, while the man is the more passive figure, visibly vulnerable to her. However, this portrayal of a woman as assertive and powerful doesn’t rely either on sexualizing her or on presenting that power in masculine ways.

This Belle Dame is traditionally feminine, drawn in flowing lines and curves. She is sexually assertive but not sexualized. The man is armed, masculine, stiff and drawn in straight, square lines - all stereotypically masculine, but his body language and expression make it obvious that he is the submissive and less powerful party here. His vulnerability is not expressed by de-masculinizing him, just as her power is not shown by making her any less feminine.

(via tallestsilver)

  1. medieval-moon-crater reblogged this from vintagegal
  2. hissery reblogged this from pearl-pussycat
  3. kamamo1 reblogged this from levysenpai
  4. aplaceinthedirt reblogged this from vintagegal
  5. sunshine-bad-harmony reblogged this from 13thcat
  6. dying-phylactery reblogged this from vintagegal
  7. riders-on-the-porn reblogged this from vintagegal
  8. hiddengarden reblogged this from lanii
  9. wolvesandwitches reblogged this from brujachula
  10. carakalikimaka reblogged this from robaemea
  11. yassukarusel reblogged this from vintagegal and added:
    And sure in language strange she said, 'I love thee true.' "She took me to her elfin grot, And there she wept and sigh’d...
  12. incoherentmurmurings reblogged this from uglyboywithablog
  13. dolley-charlotte reblogged this from theladylefay
  14. purplenovellover reblogged this from noottersontheflightdeck
  15. carneliane reblogged this from turasdraculas
  16. nopastnoguilt reblogged this from krazykitsune
  17. purrwin reblogged this from wonderlessparadox
  18. wonderlessparadox reblogged this from dashboardmelted
  19. nimuelux reblogged this from nerdknitting and added:
    The paint is amazing, and the reflexions too…
  20. psychicotaku182 reblogged this from nerdknitting
  21. nerdknitting reblogged this from queen-sansa-stark
  22. infiniteandsmall reblogged this from tygermama
  23. allanarps reblogged this from brita1x1
  24. lecoeurmelancolique reblogged this from vintagegal
  25. kougou-heika reblogged this from kawabiala
  26. mykingdomofdreams reblogged this from shooting-up-pie-in-the-sky
  27. fearisnotafraidofyou reblogged this from vintagegal
  28. musictheatresunshine reblogged this from bestworstideaever