Parisian avant-garde women and the production of “domestic” space in the early twentieth century

Mehmetoğlu, Yıldız İpek
Although the twentieth century artistic avant-garde s critical attitude towards conventional types of art production which would eventually fuse into their very existence had its impact on women too, the avant-garde groups endeavor to destruct the autonomy of art and architecture has generally come to be associated with the power and productions of the masculine. Regarding the avant-garde circles, this thesis takes a reverse stance in order to look at the contextual dynamics of the attempt to re-establish the art-architecture and life bond not only through artistic products but also through the avant-garde s everyday spaces. While doing this it analyzes certain codified everyday spaces the avant-garde occupied in early twentieth century France, such as salon, atelier and nature, by dwelling on the role of women, particularly Gertrude Stein, Charlotte Perriand, Sonia Delaunay and Natalie Clifford Barney. The main questions that are raised focus on the threefold relationship constituted between these avant-garde women s productions, their everyday lives and their domestic environments in which they also produced their artistic works. Accordingly, the problematic relationships between domesticity, work, women, publicity, privacy and the avant-garde are crucial points of the investigation. It is the claim of this thesis that the women could achieve the tie between art and everyday life as asserted by the avant-garde in the domestic environments attributed to them by both challenging the codes of those spaces and introducing the visions of their avant-garde stances.


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Y. İ. Mehmetoğlu, “Parisian avant-garde women and the production of “domestic” space in the early twentieth century,” M.A. - Master of Arts, Middle East Technical University, 2014.