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Female Artists

— Correcting 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.

Obelisk 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.

Reed Enger, "Female Artists, Correcting the record," in Obelisk Art History, Published March 20, 2016; last modified September 30, 2021, http://arthistoryproject.com/subjects/badass-female-artists/.

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“A message of hope to all women”

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1896-1983
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1589-1657
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Iconic photographer bar None

1895-1965
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Exploring the strange world of dreams

1910-2012
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Writer, teacher, and a natural painter

1918-1989
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Grabbing history painting by the horns

1865-1896
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A life's worth of paintings dedicated to Florence

1890-1982
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Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun

Painted for Marie Antoinette and never made a dime

1755-1842
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The mysterious death of a young art teacher

1638-1665
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1915-2012
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