In my last post, I ended with a short mention of two female artists from the impressionist era. I think it’s important that women artists as a subject itself get a further mention.
Nowadays, I see many, many artists posting their work online who happen to be female – so many of them extremely talented and visionary. Yet, when we look in history for female artists, there aren’t many represented, at least in the art history books I read in college. Virginia Woolf’s theme behind ‘A Room of One’s Own’ can be used as an explanation for this. Women weren’t inherently less talented than men in the past, when it comes to art. But many women did not have the opportunity, or the support they needed to be able to get the time to paint. Women were expected to take care of the house and children – things that were quite time consuming. And if there’s one thing that artists need, it’s time – and space – to work on their art.
Despite this, there were still women artists in history. Their work is out there – there are many of them. But they are just not sung about the loudest (to read more in depth about why this may be, read “Why are there no great women artists?” on ARTnews).
Below I’ve featured the art of women in history; pieces that exemplify some of their best work.