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Badass Female Artists

Marie Bashkirtseff

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

1858-1884

Florine Stettheimer

Non-competitive art for the literati, gay and polyglot.

1871-1944

Emily Carr

Hard-smoking woman documents Canada's native people.

1871-1945

Rosa Bonheur

Love animals, wear pants, live without compromise.

1822-1899

Romaine Brooks

Fiercely independent lesbian paints Paris in shades of gray.

1874-1970

Rachel Ruysch

Paint flowers, make money.

1664-1750

Charmion von Wiegand

Beyond the Grid

1896-1983

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

Hilma af Klint

The world isn't ready.

1862-1944

Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun

Painted for Marie Antoinette and never made a dime.

1755-1842

Zinaida Serebriakova

Widowed mother of four leaves Russia for Paris.

1884-1967

Berthe Morisot

The soul of Impressionism.

1841-1895

Rosalba Carriera

Pastel portraits keep you looking young and fresh

1673-1757

Gwendolen Mary John

Studies of silent women

1876-1939

Clara Peeters

A mysterious woman paints hyperrealistic brunch.

1589-1657

Sigrid Hjertén

A genius colorist fights schizophrenia

1885-1948

Amrita Sher-Gil

A woman brings Indian tradition into modernism

1913-1941

Mary Edmonia Lewis

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

1844-1907

Liubov Popova

We shall remake the world.

1889-1924

Susan B. Anthony

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

1820-1906

Mary Beale

Mary brings home the bacon.

1633-1699

Herrad of Landsberg

A french abbess creates the first female-authored encyclopedia.

1130-1195

Hildegard von Bingen

Scientist, feminist, typographer, musician, theologian — saint.

1098-1179

Sofonisba Anguissola

Intimate portraitist and confidant to the queen.

1532-1625

Suzanne Valadon

Provocative model becomes a transgressive artist.

1865-1938

Natalia Goncharova

Art-Punk in Futurist Moscow.

1881-1962

Katsushika Ōi

Daughter of a master brings a new perspective to Edo Japan.

1800-1866

Judith Leyster

Jovial portraitist forgotten for 200 years.

1609-1660

Fede Galizia

A woman in Italy invents the still life.

1578-1630

Elisabetta Sirani

The mysterious death of a young art teacher.

1638-1665

Artemisia Gentileschi

Woman takes on the baroque masters, and heads 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

Marie Bracquemond

A passionate Impressionist's legacy buried by her husband.

1840-1916

Marie Laurencin

Cubist Feminist

1883-1956

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