Anne Vallayer – Coster (1744 – 1818)

3/29/18 Still life painting in the 17th and 18th Century was often done to demonstrate technical skill. The genre on it’s own has a curious and rich history that didn’t always receive acknowledgement or public support. When you add in being a female painter at that time in history, it’s quite remarkable that women persevered […]

Eva Hesse – A Post Minimalist Leader

3/5/18 So often in life, it’s through tragedy that evolution and creativity emerge. This seems like a constant theme with artists. Eva Hesse, had a short lived but provocative career. She is credited with being one of the first artists to move from Minimalism to Post Minimalism. Post Minimalist work uses Minimalism as a starting […]

The Nude Self Portrait

2/13/18 Paula Modersohn Becker had a short lived career. She died at the age of 31 from a post pardum embelism. A tragic event under any circumstances and I think a loss for the art world and women painters in particular. Becker is known in part for her nude self-portraits that had a more earthly, […]

Sarah Bernhardt – The Sculptor

11/22/17 Sarah Bernhardt is most widely known for her abilities as an actress during the 19th century and developed quite a reputation in that arena. What I was surprised to learn about her today was that she was quite skilled as a sculptor. She took up this interest around 1869 and was encouraged by Mathieu […]

Miniatures to Murals Unhinged

8/4/17 “What does an image mean when it’s unhinged from it’s own representation.” Shahzia Sikander Shahzia Sikander is a contemporary artist who’s voice seems poignant and relevant. This statement is from an interviews with her that I recently listened to. I resonated with it because it made me consider more deeply the meaning of things […]

A Renaissance Woman In Art

7/13/17 It’s often hard for me to imagine life in the 1500’s and the challenges women must have faced, especially those with a gift for the fine arts. Pulisena Margherita Nelli (1524 -1588) was a nun by the age of 14 and became Sister Plautilla. She resided at the convent of Santa Caterina da Siena. […]

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?

7/7/17 Notes to Myself: I continue to come across stories about how under recognized women have been in the arts. And to a large degree still are. I am taking it upon myself to investigate women artists over the next weeks/months to learn more and maybe do a little something to create more awareness by […]