Art history expert discusses images of women’s labor in Spanish paintings

A free public lecture at Willamette University will examine images of women's labor created by turn-of-the-century Spanish painters and their context in modernizing Spain.

The event — presented by Carmen Lord, visiting assistant professor in modern and contemporary art history — is Tuesday, Oct. 26, at 7:30 p.m. in the Roger Hull Lecture Hall at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art.

While images of laboring women in Spain in both rural and urban contexts were common in Spanish 19th-century fine and popular art, they usually employed a sentimental narrative or picturesque approach, with little relationship to the actual working conditions of the time.

Lord will discuss how a different image of female labor emerged from certain artists — including Spanish modernists Santiago Rusiñol, Joaquín Sorolla and Gonzalo Bilbao — during the end of the century. She says these images reflected Spain's economic and social modernization and a transformed concept of women's contribution in a modern society.

Lord earned a doctorate in art history from the University of Michigan and has taught at the University of Oregon, Pennsylvania State University and Carleton College.

The lecture is co-sponsored by the Hallie Ford Museum of Art and the Mark and Janeth Hogue-Sponenburgh Lectureship Fund.