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All About Women Artists

Updated on December 31, 2014
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Katherine has researched and written about many British, European and Japanese Artists - both past and present

Find out about notable Female Painters, Printmakers and Sculptors

This site is about really great Women Artists in the past and present. It links to sites which provide a wealth of information and images about notable women artists.

These are artists whose work has attracted notable comments and/or whose artwork is very popular or attracts people from miles around. Plus the ones which have passed the art history test and are still well regarded despite having lived a long time ago.

The list is by no means complete and this site - and the linked sites (which are to Wikipedia unless otherwise stated) - will be updated periodically.

Books are included which are suitable for children - reading age levels are indicated

Amazing Women Artists

I'm constantly amazed by women artists and the stories of how they became artists and what they did after they'd made that leap of faith.

Some like Elizabeth Blackwell have the most unusual stories behind what drove them to do what they did. Others like Margaret Mee and Maria Sibylla Merian travelled thousands of miles to paint what interested them. While painters like Mary Cassatt became members of the Impressionists - one of the most influential art movements we've ever seen.

I've only begun to scratch the surface - however I will continue to develop websites for artists I'm interested in - and ones who have good stories!

Great Britain - Great Women Artists

Great women artists are organised by:

* 19th century

* 20th / 21st century

* type of tye of artist eg painter, sculptor, mixed media/installation artist

Photograph of Helen Allingham, artist (1903) By Fradelle and Young
Photograph of Helen Allingham, artist (1903) By Fradelle and Young | Source

Women artists in the United Kingdom

These are all women artists who I have wanted to find out more about. These sites are a compendium of my bookmarks of sites which provide information and images about these artists

British Women Painters - Twentieth Century

This is a selective list of important female painters working in the twentieth century - from the Bloomsbury set to the Young British Artists of the 1990s, from illustrators to fine artists

It also contains my "to do" list re artists I want to know more about and who I want to make websites about to help raise their profile

British Women Sculptors - Twentieth Century

Britain has produced some very notable and internationally renowned women sculptors - Barbara Hepworth, Elizabeth Frink and Rachel Whiteread

Barbara Hepworth: "Dual Form" at the St Ives Guildhall By Vernon39 (Own work)
Barbara Hepworth: "Dual Form" at the St Ives Guildhall By Vernon39 (Own work) | Source
Dictionary of British Women Artists
Dictionary of British Women Artists

Paperback: 296 pagesPublisher: Lutterworth Press (December 31, 2009)

 

Dictionary of British Women Artists

This book provides biographies of the most significant women artists in the history of art in Britain.

The aim of this book by Dr Sara Grey is to move women from the margins of art history and towards a better appreciation of the contribution they made in the past. It is regarded as a key stepping stone towards more research in this area.

Each entry provides:

  • a summary of biographical information
  • commentary on the artist's studies, lifestyle, travels and family.
  • list of significant artworks
  • list of exhibitions in which their art was hung
  • membership of significant art societies.

Other British Visual Artists - 20th Century

These are artists who typically have worked in multi-media or in terms of installations

Tracy Emin was part of the BritArt movement, has represented Britain at the Venice Biennale and is now Professor of Drawing at the Royal Academy of Arts

British Children's Illustrators

Some of the artists who are best loved by children in Great Britain are actually illustrators

These are some of them......

Women Artists: The National Museum of Women in the Arts (Tiny Folio)
Women Artists: The National Museum of Women in the Arts (Tiny Folio)

Hardcover: 320 pagesPublisher: Abbeville Press (October 1, 1997)

 

Women Artists: The National Museum of Women in the Arts

A small book provides an index to women artists across the ages

The Guerrilla Girls' Bedside Companion to the History of Western Art
The Guerrilla Girls' Bedside Companion to the History of Western Art

Reading level: Ages 18 and upPaperback: 96 pagesPublisher: Penguin (Non-Classics) (February 1, 1998)

 

The Guerrilla Girls' Bedside Companion to the History of Western Art

The Guerrilla Girls - whose aim is to fight against discrimination - certainly bring a different perspective to the history of western art!

It's also a very popular book on this topic - Rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars (23 customer reviews)

Women, Art, and Society (Fifth Edition)  (World of Art)
Women, Art, and Society (Fifth Edition) (World of Art)

Paperback: 536 pagesPublisher: Thames & Hudson; Fifth Edition edition (October 1, 2012)

 

Women, Art, and Society (Fifth Edition)

The definitive work on the subject, mapping a complete history of women artists from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance to today

Rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars (8 customer reviews)

50 Women Artists You Should Know
50 Women Artists You Should Know

Paperback: 176 pagesPublisher: Prestel (April 30, 2008)

 

50 Women Artists You Should Know - How many do you know?

This book provides a selective survey of fifty influential women artists from the Renaissance to the Post-Modern era. It's a good place to start if you want a book which tells you more about women artists

Rated: 4.6 out of 5 stars (10 customer reviews)

13 Women Artists Children Should Know
13 Women Artists Children Should Know

Reading level: Ages 8 and upHardcover: 48 pagesPublisher: Prestel (October 24, 2009)

 

13 Women Artists Children Should Know - by Bettina Shuemann

This book enables children to learn about women artists.

They include female artists such as

  • Sofonisba Anguissola, a pupil of Michelangelo;
  • Maria Sybilla Merian - an amazing botanist and artist in the seventeenth century;
  • Mary Cassatt,
  • Georgia O'Keeffe,
  • Frida Kahlo,
  • Louise Bourgeois, and
  • Cindy Sherman

Europe - Great Women Artists

Europe - Great Italian Women Artists of the 16th century

These are Italian women painters and sculptors of the High Renaissance in Italy

The Chess Game (Portrait of the artist's sisters playing chess) (1555) by Sofonisba Anguissola
The Chess Game (Portrait of the artist's sisters playing chess) (1555) by Sofonisba Anguissola | Source
Portrait of a Lady with a Dog by Lavinia Fontana (1552-1614)
Portrait of a Lady with a Dog by Lavinia Fontana (1552-1614) | Source
Women Artists in History: From Antiquity to the Present
Women Artists in History: From Antiquity to the Present

Paperback: 306 pagesPublisher: Pearson; 4th edition (August 25, 2000)

 

BOOK: Women Artists in History: From Antiquity to the Present

This is a a textbook targeted at college students in introductory-level courses focused on

  • women artists and
  • the contributions of women to visual culture, women's studies courses, and surveys of western art history.

Europe - Italian Women Artists of the 17th century (The Baroque)

Italy in the seventeenth century produced Artemisia Gentileschi - one of the most well known of women artists

Self-portrait} as the Allegory of Painting (1630s) by Artemisia Gentileschi
Self-portrait} as the Allegory of Painting (1630s) by Artemisia Gentileschi | Source

Europe - Dutch and Flemish Women Artists of the 17th Century (The Dutch Golden Age)

Demand grew for smaller artwork suitable for the Dutch merchants and middle class

Self Portrait (c.1630) by Judith Leyster
Self Portrait (c.1630) by Judith Leyster | Source

Europe - Great Women Artists of the 18th century

The 18th century saw more women painters come to the fore.

Self-portrait Hesitating between the Arts of Music and Painting (1791) by Angelica Kauffman
Self-portrait Hesitating between the Arts of Music and Painting (1791) by Angelica Kauffman | Source
The artist Anne Vallayer-Coster by Alexander Roslin
The artist Anne Vallayer-Coster by Alexander Roslin | Source
Anne Vallayer-Coster: Painter to the Court of Marie-Antoinette
Anne Vallayer-Coster: Painter to the Court of Marie-Antoinette

Hardcover: 256 pagesPublisher: Dallas Museum of Art (June 10, 2002)

 

Anne Vallayer-Coster: Painter to the Court of Marie-Antoinette

Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

Published in association with the first comprehensive exhibition of Vallayer- Coster's paintings. Organized and published by the Dallas Museum of Art.

Exhibitions were held at:

  • National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., from June 30 to September 25, 2002
  • Dallas Museum of Art from October 13, 2002 to January 5, 2003
  • Frick Collection in New York City from January 21 to March 23, 2003;
  • Musee des Beaux Arts in Nancy, France, from April 10 to June 23, 2003.

Europe - Great Women Artists of the 19th century

A number of great women artists of the 19th century are associated with Impressionism.

Women Artists
Women Artists

Hardcover: 328 pagesPublisher: Universe (September 9, 2008)

 

Women Artists

Rated 4.0 out of 5 stars (2 customer reviews)

Judith Leyster, Elisabeth-Louise Vige-Lebrun, Angelica Kauffmann, Emily Mary Osborn, Lilly Martin Spencer, Mary Cassatt, Camille Claudel, Paula Modersohn-Becker, Georgia O’Keeffe, Kthe Kollwitz, Frida Kahlo, Dorothea Tanning, and Judy Chicago, are some of the artists highlighted in this over-sized book about women artists from the Renaissance to the present day.

North America - Great Women Artists

Famous women painters, printmakers and sculptors

USA - Great Women Artists in the 20th Century

More significant American women artists

all links are to Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Canada - Great Women Artists in the 20th Century

There's not a lot of people in Canada hence not a lot of painters - and not a lot of women painters. However the ones they produce are good!

Other Resources About Women in Art History

Resources about Women in Art History

Other websites which are good places to look if you want to know more about women artists

BOOKS: Dictionaries of Artists

A selection of dictionaries about women artists

Books: National Museum of Women in the Arts

These books are published and associated with women recognised by the National Museum of Women in the Arts

Note that this is arts and not just art

The Obstacle Race: The Fortunes of Women Painters and Their Work
The Obstacle Race: The Fortunes of Women Painters and Their Work

Germaine Greer writes intelligently about the obstacles that woman painters have faced through historyPaperback: 373 pagesPublisher: Tauris Parke Paperbacks (June 2, 2001)

 
Women Artists: An Illustrated History
Women Artists: An Illustrated History

Paperback: 300 pagesPublisher: Abbeville Pr; 4 edition (February 2004)

 

Women Artists: An Illustrated History

Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars (4 customer reviews) | Like (3)

This is the 4th edition of this book. Nearly half of covers the period from 1960 to the modern day when women artists became an important and transforming group within contemporary art

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      ArtDiva 

      4 years ago

      Art, as a chosen profession, is a struggle for all artists, men and women. But, women emerging in the arts is still few and comes only from a position of power, still a struggle even in these contemporary times. I hope you continue with more articles about women and art, giving more attention where deserved.

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      siobhanryan 

      5 years ago

      Great lens dedicated to women artists

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      LauraCarExpert 

      5 years ago

      More power to women! It is not easy to become a woman artist.

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      DecoratingMom411 

      5 years ago

      Very informative. Learned a lot on great women artists. I like what you did here. Cheers! :)

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