Female figures imprisoned


Helen Beatrice Saunders


Mediums: ink, watercolour, paper.
Location: The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archeology, Oxford (the UK).

The painting dates back to the pre-Vorticist period of the artist’s creative career and was her response to the event when her friend Katie Gliddon, her teacher Rosa Vogue and other women were imprisoned for speaking out for women’s suffrage. The confined space resembles a cave – very conditionally depicted “broken” characters are surrounded on all sides and even separated from each other by aggressive and massive geometric elements. The artist used thick black lines characteristic of late Post-impressionism (Fauvism, in particular), as well as the techniques of cubist painting and graphics.