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Badass Female ArtistsCorrecting the record

It should be obvious to say that women and art by women have been systematically overlooked and minimized in their own time, and often lost and forgotten by recorded history. For generations, the household names in art history have been male. Despite this, every single era and art movement has been shaped by the women who persevered against patriarchal bias to bring their individual perspective to art, innovate mediums, record their lives and challenge society's understanding of gender.

Trivium is working to amass a diverse, global library of female artists, from history's favorites like Frida Kahlo and Georgia O'Keeffe to the medieval polymaths Hildegard von Bingen and Herrad of Landsburg, and the self-taught masters Chaïbia Talal and Baya Mahieddine. This is an always-growing collection of artworks, biographies and stories. If there's a badass female artist we should profile, please let us know at info@arthistoryproject.com.

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Agnes Martin

On inwardness and silence

1912-2004

Aisha Galimbaeva

Women, flowers and daily life in Kazakhstan

1917-2008

Aleksandra Ekster

Rhythm and dynamic movement

1882-1949

Alice Neel

The unblinking anxiety of modern life

1900-1984

Alma Thomas

Tackling abstraction at 75

1891-1978

Amrita Sher-Gil

The truncated lives of women

1913-1941

Ana Mercedes Hoyos

Investigating art history in paint

1942-2014

Angelica Kauffmann

A feminist prodigy charms the European elite

1741-1807

Anita Magsaysay-Ho

Paint until you're 90, then keep painting

1914-2012

Anna Ancher

Quiet portraits of daily life

1859-1935

Anne Goldthwaite

Artist turns modernism into equal rights activism

1869-1944

Artemisia Gentileschi

Heads will roll

1593-1656

Barbara Hepworth

The ovoid and its penetration

1903-1975

Baya Mahieddine

Queen Baya

1931-1998

Berthe Morisot

The soul of Impressionism

1841-1895

Chaïbia Talal

“A message of hope to all women”

1929-2004

Charmion von Wiegand

Beyond the grid

1896-1983

Clara Peeters

A mysterious woman paints hyperrealistic brunch

1589-1657

Dorothea Lange

Iconic photographer bar None

1895-1965

Dorothea Tanning

Exploring the strange world of dreams

1910-2012

Elaine de Kooning

Writer, teacher, and a natural painter

1918-1989

Elena Brockmann

Grabbing history painting by the horns

1865-1896

Élisabeth Chaplin

A life's worth of paintings dedicated to Florence

1890-1982

Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun

Painted for Marie Antoinette and never made a dime

1755-1842

Elisabetta Sirani

The mysterious death of a young art teacher

1638-1665

Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven

A living collage

1874-1927

Emily Carr

Hard-smoking woman documents Canada's native people

1871-1945

Eva Hesse

Living materials

1936-1970

Evelyn De Morgan

"Art is eternal, but life is short…"

1855-1919

Fede Galizia

A woman in Italy invents the still life

1578-1630

Florine Stettheimer

Non-competitive art for the literati, gay and polyglot

1871-1944

Frida Kahlo

The exquisite agony of self-portraits

1907-1954

Georgia O'Keeffe

Sometimes a flower is just a flower

1887-1986

Giovanna Garzoni

Travel, socialize, paint lemons and beans

1600-1670

Gluck (Hannah Gluckstein)

Great painter and social icon

1895-1978

Gwendolen Mary John

Studies of silent women

1876-1939

Hannah Höch

Dissecting the 'new woman' through collage

1889-1978

Helen Frankenthaler

The joy of pure color

1928-2011

Herrad of Landsberg

A French abbess creates the first female-authored encyclopedia

1130-1195

Hildegard von Bingen

Scientist, feminist, typographer, musician — saint

1098-1179

Hilma af Klint

The world isn't ready

1862-1944

Irma Stern

Look at me

1894-1966

Ivana Kobilca

“I wanted to see everything in the world”

1861-1926

Jennie Augusta Brownscombe

Sentimentality and Colonialism

1850-1936

Joan Mitchell

Art as competitive sport

1925-1992

Judith Leyster

Jovial portraitist forgotten for 200 years

1609-1660

Judith Scott

Cocoons, totems and twins

1943-2005

Katsushika Ōi

Daughter of a master brings a new perspective to Edo Japan

1800-1866

Kay Sage

"I have built an ivory tower of despair"

1898-1963

Lavinia Fontana

Matriarch of the family business

1552-1614

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