Important Women Artists

This self-portrait of Artemisia Gentileschi is from the Baroque period and made bold claims for its time. Created in a time when females were typically not painters, Artemisia places herself as the subject, holding her chin up in pride.
In this piece we see Carr breaking away from Canadian artistic trends. Instead of painting landscapes, Carr would combine native culture and nature.
Georgia O'keefe's inspiration for this piece came after moving to New Mexico. She previously lived in New York, but found the dessert more inspirational. Above a lake of black water stands cool coloured mountains in front of a warm New Mexican skyline.
This painting by Frida Kahlo features an industrializing Mexican bus transporting citizens. The working class and upper class sit side-by-side going into Mexico's future.
Taken in 1936 during the Great Depression, this photograph captures the desperation and pessimism experienced during this time. This piece helped create legitimacy for Documentary Photography.
Known for incorporating women and children in her work, Cassatt created this piece after being exposed to Japanese art. Here we see the mother and child facing the audience, while the male is turned away . His relationship to the other subjects is ambiguous as a result.
Louise Bourgeois is a modern female artist who never stuck to one style. Her artwork has been on the covers of Rock'n'Roll albums and even in front of Canadian National Art Gallery. Like Frida, pain can be gathered from her work.
Paula Rego is a Portuguese artist known primarily for her depictions of fairy tales. In them, Rego avoids making the females look like "women" , instead seeing them as human beings.
O'keefe drew many paintings such as these. She would find them in the New Mexican desert. The skull represents the reality of death which is juxtaposed with the rose. These roses are sometimes used to decorate graves in New Mexico.
There's always a lot to look at in Frida's paintings. In this painting we also see Frida's pet monkey and dog, with an Aztec ancestor in the background. Together they are bound by a string, symbolizing her bond with her heritage and the present.
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