Medium:Oil on Canvas
Height: 13 ft
Width: 9.5 ft
Note: total of all panels measure 13' x 9.5'
Abstract depiction of group of women seated at table drinking wine and conversing. Divided into 11 vertical rectangles.
Gretchen Minnhaar's "The First Supper 2000" was inspired by two painters renditions of the same scene: the Northern Renaissance artist Dieric Bouts and Giuseppe Bozzano. While overtly religious in nature, Minnhaar's personal interpretation of Bouts' work was one of male dominance and absolute power. In response, she created a contemporary, all-female version, yet also tried to incorporate the spirited interaction between figures that was depicted in Bozzano's representation. Her works following became focused on problems such as gender equality in the workplace and the home. Her belief is that women, regardless of race or status, share common qualities that unite them as a group, and that their issues will be ultimately addressed in this new century.