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Judith Leyster

Jovial portraitist forgotten for 200 years

1609-1660

Sigrid Hjertén

A genius colorist fights schizophrenia

1885-1948

Hannah Höch

Dissecting the 'new woman' through collage

1889-1978

Suzanne Valadon

Provocative model becomes a transgressive artist

1865-1938

Romaine Brooks

Fiercely independent lesbian paints Paris in shades of gray

1874-1970

Natalia Goncharova

Art-Punk in Futurist Moscow

1881-1962

Mary Edmonia Lewis

New York woman of color takes over the world of Italian sculpture

1844-1907

Mary Beale

Mary brings home the bacon

1633-1699

Marie Bracquemond

A passionate Impressionist's legacy buried by her husband

1840-1916

Liubov Popova

We shall remake the world

1889-1924

Katsushika Ōi

Daughter of a master brings a new perspective to Edo Japan

1800-1866

Herrad of Landsberg

A french abbess creates the first female-authored encyclopedia

1130-1195

Hilma af Klint

The world isn't ready

1862-1944

Hildegard von Bingen

Scientist, feminist, typographer, musician — saint

1098-1179

Elisabetta Sirani

The mysterious death of a young art teacher

1638-1665

Florine Stettheimer

Non-competitive art for the literati, gay and polyglot

1871-1944

Fede Galizia

A woman in Italy invents the still life

1578-1630

Emily Carr

Hard-smoking woman documents Canada's native people

1871-1945

Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun

Painted for Marie Antoinette and never made a dime

1755-1842

Clara Peeters

A mysterious woman paints hyperrealistic brunch

1589-1657

Charmion von Wiegand

Beyond the grid

1896-1983

Berthe Morisot

The soul of Impressionism

1841-1895

Artemisia Gentileschi

Heads will roll.

1593-1656

Anne Goldthwaite

Artist turns modernism into equal rights activism

1869-1944

Angelica Kauffmann

A feminist prodigy charms the European elite

1741-1807

Amrita Sher-Gil

A woman brings Indian tradition into modernism

1913-1941

Rosa Bonheur

Love animals, wear pants, live without compromise.

1822-1899

Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven

A living collage

1874-1927

Frida Kahlo

The exquisite agony of self-portraits

1907-1954

Marie Bashkirtseff

"To live so filled with ambition, and at the end, oblivion!"

1858-1884

Rachel Ruysch

Paint flowers, make money.

1664-1750

Leonora Carrington

"I'm not anyone's muse"

1917-2011

Olga Rozanova

The intellectual mother of Abstract Expressionism

1886-1918

Maria Sibylla Merian

A botanist gets a divorce and travels the world

1647-1717

Zinaida Serebriakova

Widowed mother of four leaves Russia for Paris.

1884-1967

Rosalba Carriera

Pastel portraits keep you looking young and fresh

1673-1757

Gwendolen Mary John

Studies of silent women

1876-1939

Susan B. Anthony

"Organize, agitate, educate, must be our war cry."

1820-1906

Sofonisba Anguissola

Intimate portraitist and confidant to the queen.

1532-1625

Marie Laurencin

Cubist Feminist

1883-1956

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