Look where the figures are looking: that helps you read many paintings. Fine examples from Moreau, Gérôme, Lovis Corinth, Velázquez, and others.
4500 years of paintings of geese, from Rubens’ flock seen at harvest time, to Gauguin’s complement to his landlady. And some superb paintings of wild geese on the wing.
Although known for his paintings of nudes, many of his subjects were fully-clothed, and most were powerful women who overcame adversity.
In her later career, she concentrated on social realist paintings of the rural poor, and during World War 1 devoted her time to the relief of refugees in Paris.
Already trained and accomplished, she went to Paris in 1887, where she established herself as the leading American woman painter.