Artemesia Gentileschi, one of the best painters of the 1600’s and among the world’s best | Artemesia Gentileschi

Artemesia Gentileschi, one of few women painters in the 1600’s, and among the finest of either sex. Born in Florence in the Baroque era, Artemesia (1593 – c. 1656) was one of the finest painters of her day, and the only one of her sex to achieve recognition.  She was the first woman to become a member … Read moreArtemesia Gentileschi, one of the best painters of the 1600’s and among the world’s best | Artemesia Gentileschi

Paula Modersohn-Becker

Paula Modersohn-Becker


Paula Modersohn-Becker (1876-1907) is best known as one of first women to paint female nudes.   A German painter and very important early expressionist, She is credited for the introduction of modern painting and used tempera almost exclusively.

In a brief career, cut short by an embolism at the age of 31, she created a number of groundbreaking images of great intensity. She is becoming recognized as the first female painter to paint female nudes. Using bold forays into subject matter and chromatic color choices, she and fellow-artists Picasso and Matisse introduced the world to modernism at the start of the twentieth century.

Self Portrait Paula Modersohn-Becker
Self Portrait Paula Modersohn-Becker

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Natalia Gontcharova

Picking Apples

Born in 1881 in Nagaevo, Russia, Natalia Sergeevna Goncharova, the daughter of Sergei,  an architect.  She moved to Moscow in 1892, and graduated from the Fourth Women’s Gymnasium in 1898.    In 1901 she enrolled in the Moscow Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture to study sculpture, and in 1903 she began exhibiting in important venues.  Goncharova then met Mikhail Larionov, also a student; shortly they began to live and work together.  She switched to painting in 1904, drawing on Russian folk art and icons and with Mikhail created Rayonism, a style influenced by technology and modernity,  with strong rays of contrasting colors.

Gontcharova: Foret Blu Vert
Foret Blu Vert.  Example of Rayonism

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Women artists: Sonfonisba Anguissola

Three Sisters Playing Chess

Women were stuck in the chores of domesticity until comparatively recent times.  Becoming anything other than a mother and domestic was nearly unheard of for almost all women.  Therefore I decided to find out more about the ones that overcame this rigid social system and give them a bit of their due. Sonfonisb Anguissola (1532, … Read moreWomen artists: Sonfonisba Anguissola

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