There is potentially so much more to a painting than what it reveals to our eyes. For example, what does it reveal to our minds? Some of the most famous realistic artworks are paintings of women. But what do those famous paintings of women communicate to viewers besides what is on the surface? They may communicate the mastery of their creators, but do they also communicate the inner essence of their female subjects? They may visually depict their times, but do they also extrapolate a cultural or historic understanding of gender? Abstract paintings sometimes have an advantage when it comes to such matters since they inherently encourage viewers to search to increase our understanding of femininity from the various perspectives of gender, history, culture and aesthetics.