Date of Award
Master of Arts
General Art History
This thesis investigates Helen Turner’s representations of women in gardens and domestic interiors, specifically by comparing and contrasting her paintings with those of Thomas Eakins, John Singer Sargent, Mary Cassatt, and Lilly Martin Spencer. I use five of Turner’s paintings to explore her representations of gender, the male gaze, and domesticity through a feminist model. I begin with a biography of Turner’s life and an introduction to those five paintings highlighted in this thesis. This is followed by an investigation of how the concept of gender in late nineteenth and early twentieth-century America affected the manner Turner chose to portray women. Additional areas of analysis include how the concept of the male gaze applies to Turner’s representation of women, and how the domestic scenes that Turner depicts within the home do not reflect her personal life.
Dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Smith, Samantha Nicole, "Helen Turner: Representations of Women" (2011). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 248.