Women Artists in History

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.

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Artemisia Gentileschi
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Marie Denise Villiers
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Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun
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Zinaida Serebriakova
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Berthe Morisot
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Judith Leyster
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Marie-Gabrielle Capet
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Sofonisba Anguissola
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Rosa Bonheur
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Maria Oakey Dewing
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Rosalba Carriera
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Mary Cassatt
Elizabeth Okie Paxton
Elizabeth Okie Paxton
Lilian Westcott Hale
Lilian Westcott Hale
Frida Kahlo
Frida Kahlo
Suzanne Valadon
Suzanne Valadon
Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller
Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller
Adélaïde Labille-Guiard
Adélaïde Labille-Guiard
Georgia O’Keefe
Georgia O’Keefe
Elisabetta Sirani
Elisabetta Sirani

 

Maria van Oosterwijck
Maria van Oosterwijck

 

Giulia Lama
Giulia Lama
Thérèse Schwartze
Thérèse Schwartze
Matilda Browne
Matilda Browne
Tamara-de-Lempicka
Tamara Łempicka
Lois Mailou Jones
Lois Mailou Jones
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