Edmonia Lewis – Neo Classical Sculptor and Woman of Color

6/11/18 Born in Greenbush, NY in 1844 Edmonia Lewis became the first professional sculptor of African/Native American and Ojibwe heritage. Her work speaks to emancipation and revolved around aspects of the Civil War and abolitionist movement. Edmonia did not come from an affluent family. In fact she lost both her parents at the age of […]

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 […]

Judith Leyster 1609-1660

3/22/18 Judith Leyster a 17th Century painter of genre works, portraits and still life’s who had recognition in this male dominated field by the age of 19. Leyster, a Dutch painter had work that was often found to be attributed to the more famous painter Frans Hals. It’s likely that she studied under him after […]

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 Shaped Canvas – Elizabeth Murray

1/24/18 Grafitti Art, Pop Art? What is it? Elizabeth Murray is recorded as being part of the Neo-expressionist period. I’m not sure I totally agree with that as she seems to me a little less easy to define. Murray, set out to become an illustrator in the late 50’s. Her mother had wanted to be […]

Abstract Expressionist – Lee Krasner

12/12/17 Lena(Lee) Krasner is probably most commonly known as the wife of Jackson Pollock. However, she deserves her own recognition as a female icon in the world of Abstract Expressionism. Born in the United States in 1908 just a few weeks after arriving with her mother and siblings from Russia to meet up with their […]

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 […]