Famous Painters: Elisabeth Vigee-Le Brun

Self-Portrait, 1790.  Oil on canvas, approximately 39" by 32". Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence. Marie-Louise-Elisabeth Vigee-Le Brun (1755-1842) was born of humble parentage to Jeanne Massin and the portraitist Louis Vigee.  Like Angelica Kauffmann, Vigee-Le Brun was a precocious artist whose [...]

By |2018-03-23T17:28:05-04:00March 8th, 2016|Neoclassical paintings|0 Comments

Color Field Painting

Helen Frankenthaler not only pioneered color field painting but also enjoyed critical acclaim during her lifetime. That's unusual for any painter, let alone a woman during a time when female artists were still rare. Clement Greenberg (1909-1994), one of the most influential art critic [...]

Famous Painters: Angelica Kauffmann

Swiss-born Angelica Kauffmann (1741-1807) was known as a child prodigy who, before the age of 15, was accepting commissions in portraiture and was assisting her father with church murals.  In addition to speaking four foreign languages fluently, Angelica Kauffmann was renowned as a singer [...]

By |2018-03-23T23:18:23-04:00March 6th, 2012|Neoclassical paintings|0 Comments

More Famous Paintings of Berthe Morisot

Although now considered famous paintings, works by Degas, Cezanne, Pissarro, Monet, and Berthe Morisot were rejected by juries of the Paris Salon (indeed, each rejected submission had a huge "R" painted on its reverse, spawning creation of the Salon des Refuses, an exhibition of [...]

Famous Paintings of Berthe Morisot

Like many female artists, the life of Berthe Morisot (1841-1895) was punctuated by a series of “firsts” and breaks from convention en route to creating her legendary, famous paintings. Berthe Morisot was the first female artist to exhibit with the French Impressionists, [...]

Female Painters: Sofonisba Anguissola

Although Sofonisba Anguissola (1532-1625) was one of the best known female painters of the Italian Renaissance, she is relatively obscure in today's art history.  Here's a small start to changing the legacy of this pioneer among female painters, and recognizing her famous Renaissance [...]

By |2018-03-23T23:30:21-04:00May 8th, 2011|Renaissance paintings|14 Comments

Female Painters: Paula Modersohn-Becker

  Recognized now as one of the most significant female painters of the early 20th century, Paula Modersohn-Becker (1876-1907) studied at the Berlin School of Art for Women.  She then moved in 1898 to Worpswede, an artist community near Bremen in northern Germany.  After [...]

By |2018-03-23T23:31:21-04:00March 24th, 2011|Fauvism and Expressionism paintings|0 Comments