Archive | September, 2019

Female Artists Missing from History

17 Sep
Poppy Pattern small 200 dpi with logo

“Poppy Pattern” Watercolor on Yupo paper 26″x 34″ by Katie Turner

Do you know that there are dozens of amazing female artists left out of history books?

After reading “The Guerrilla Girls Bedside Companion to the History of Western Art” written by the Guerrilla Girls, I heard many names that were new to me.

Female artists have struggled for proper recognition for their artistic abilities for centuries.  For some, their fathers, husbands, brothers took the women’s art as their own, adding signatures and selling it as their own.  A few gained some notoriety, but unfortunately, historians ignored the accomplishments of most of them.

Many of the female artists covered in this book deserve a closer look.  They were innovative, developing new ideas that changed the art world. These women showed the world another viewpoint.

Even into this modern era of art, women find it difficult to be taken seriously, have museum or gallery shows and sell at the same level as male artists.  But today there are more women exhibiting, reviewed and collected than ever before, although numbers are still less than their white male counterparts.

The women in this book make great examples for artists.  Additionally, women today, benefit from living role models and mentors, finding inspiration and support.

Many museums and galleries in Europe and New York are exclusionary, giving attention to more of the male artists.  Research tells us it gets better for women and artist of color, the further you geographically go from Europe and New York.

The book encourages theorists and women artists to finish up arguing over feminism, cultural constructs and female sensibilities to get on with the more important things – make great art!

Let’s do all we can to value other’s art and definitely, keep making great art!

 “Painting well is the best revenge!” ~ Guerrilla Girls

Some of the more “unknown” female artists from history:

  • Christine de Pizan
  • Lavinia Fontana
  • Elisabetta Sirani
  • Onorata Rodiani
  • Properzia de Rossi
  • Maria Robusti
  • Artemisia Gentileschi
  • Judith Leyster
  • Maria Merian
  • Rachel Ruysch
  • Angelica Kauffmann
  • Elisabeth Vigee-Le Brun
  • Rosa Bonheur
  • Edmonia Lewis
  • Julia Margaret Cameron
  • Harriet Powers
  • Camille Claudel
  • Sonia Terk Delaunay
  • Claude Cahun
  • Alexandra Exter
  • Hannah Hoch
  • Gunta Stoltzl
  • Kathe Kollwitz
  • Dan Yuliang
  • Tarsila Do Amaral
  • Augusta Savage
  • Alma Thomas
  • Maria Montoya Martinez
  • Eva Hesse
  • Ana Mendieta