Friday, 25 March 2011

Pregnancy through art

"I begin to love this creature,
and to anticipate her birth
as a fresh twist to a knot,
which I do not wish to untie."
-- Mary Wollstonecraft

A sculpture of a pregnant woman by Ron Mueck, 2002.
By Joel Kelly  
By Henrik Sorensen

Gustav Klimt: Hope II, 1907
Paula 8 Months On Yellow by Christina Kubrick.
Jan van Eyck: The Arnolfini Wedding, 1434
Alice Neel: Margaret Evans Pregnant, 1978
Pregnant Woman,1913; by Chagall, Marc
Vermeer, Woman Holding a Balance
Complicated shadows by Heidi Taillefer
Sneaky work at the crossroads by Heidi Taillefer
Venus envy by Heidi Taillefer

 And let me end this collection with a poem by Maya Angelou:

Phenomenal Woman

"Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I'm telling lies.
I say,
It's in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I'm a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It's the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I'm a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can't touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them
They say they still can't see.
I say,
It's in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I'm a woman

Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

Now you understand
Just why my head's not bowed.
I don't shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It's in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need of my care,
'Cause I'm a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That's me."


  1. Beautiful works. The last one (by Taillefer) is FANTASTIC!! Also love the one underwater by Sorensen. :) Great poem too (though a few of us have always been able "to see"). :)

  2. This is just great, one of my fave poems and so many beautiful paintings of pregnant women.