Art of inspiring women

In a man's world for a woman to excel and prosper, she must often be more talented and reach harder for success. This exhibition showcases 4 women who have overcome the adversity of a man's world along with their own struggles to master art in their own unique way. The hope is that their struggles will inspire women of today to reach and press themselves to become masters in their own lives.

Mary Cassatt was born in 1844 in a time when women were discouraged from careers. She focused much of her art on mother and child in everyday domestic life as seen in this brilliant, intense piece.
Despite her family's objections (her father said he'd rather see her dead) she went to Paris to study art in 1866. She eventually became a leading artist of Impressionism as seen in this early masterpiece.
This print shows Ms. Cassatt's willingness to experiment and desire for her own unique expression of art. However, the subject matter is still the quite familiar domestic life of mother and child.
After receiving a good yet unsatisfying art education, Ms. O'Keefe refused to paint for 4 years until new techniques reinspired her in 1912. Her magnified flowers are among her most famous works, yet were criticized for their supposed sexuality.
In 1932, she once again stopped painting for 2 years due to a nervous breakdown. In 1934, she first visited New Mexico falling in love with the vibrant scenery.The vibrant colors of this piece capture the New Mexico that would inspire her the rest her life.
Many have called Ms. O'Keefe the Mother of American Modernist. This piece, done later in her career, shows her continual movement to more abstract work. Without the vibrant colors and points of reference, it may be hard to see this as a landscape.
Frida Kahlo suffered from polio at 6 and a severe wreck at 18, both which left her with a lifetime of pain and complications.In much of her work she uses herself as the subject and reflects the emotional and physical pain she endured as seen in this piece that depicts her inability to eat and her continued sickness.
Ms. Kahlo believed her art should reflect her Mexican heritage and traditions, as can be seen in this work with its vibrant colors. It was traditional to paint a young deceased child dressed as a saint.
Clementine Hunter was the granddaughter of a former slave born on a plantation believed to be the inspiration for Uncle Tom's Cabin.She started painting at 54.This is a vibrant beautiful work that captures the eye and holds your attention.Notice her characteristic signature in the lower right corner.
Ms. Hunter was uneducated, illiterate, and a self-taught artist that epitomizes folk art.Many scenes were of plantation life all done from memory.This work depicting a funeral is painted using bright colors and tells a simple story, both common for her work.
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