Prompts for RWJ, Prompt 180

in the loge

Mary Cassatt, In The Loge (1878)

The play’s the spectacle, but so are the spectators in the Comedie Français, a theater in Paris. In the painting, art critics have noted on the female spectator who is herself the object of the gaze by a male spectator in another theater box. It’s all a culture of looking, y’all. A chance to see and be seen. So Mary Cassatt’s painting on people in theater boxes– and many artists have dealt with this subject–is thus interesting. Weirdly I’m thinking about Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Windows, in which much looking and spying take place. A story  “about” spectacle exploring “the fascination with looking and the attraction of that which is being looked at.”

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