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"Beautiful Little Fool"

"Beautiful Little Fool" 

Oil on Canvas

 24" x 24"




This painting is about conforming to the social standard of American femininity of being beautiful and simplistic. This is a portrait of "Ignorance is Bliss".  In F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, Daisy says of her daughter, "I hope she’ll be a fool—that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool." This refers to society in the 1920s where intelligent women were not valued, and women were expected to be subservient, docile, thoughtless, and beautiful if they wanted their life to be easy. Today, may women are choosing not to be blind and are standing up for what they believe in whether it be politics, religion, racism, gender identity, or sexual orientation; and it still doesn't come easily...but it's better than being a fool.

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