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Starting 22nd January 2019

Tuesdays—10.00 12.00 pm

Women Artists

Artists, patrons and collectors: throughout the centuries, women have always played an active role in the making of art. They are, however, lesser known than their male counterparts. This course will address this difference in an attempt to raise the profile of women artists.

From the Middle Ages to the present, this historical survey will help us identify and analyse the challenges women have had to face, as well as the contributions they have made to Western art history. The artists we will study include Artemisia Gentileschi, Judith Leyster, Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun, Berthe Morisot, Paula Modersohn-Becker, Cindy Sherman, and many others. The chronological outline will allow us to understand how women artists have progressively become more prominent in the art world. Doing so, we will relate this change to broader cultural transformations impacting the place of women in Western society.

  • 22 January 2019 – “Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?” (Nochlin). An introduction: Women in art as model and artists
  • 29 January – Women in visual arts during the Middle Ages
  • 5 February – The Italian Renaissance: from Sofonisba Anguissola to Artemisia Gentileschi
  • 12 February – 17th-Century Dutch and English women artists: Judith Leyster, Mary Beale
  • 19 February – halt-term (no class)
  • 26 February – Women artists in the 18th century, in France and England: Angelica Kauffman and Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun
  • 5 March – Women artists and academic art in the 19th-Century: Rosa Bonheur (FR), Elizabeth Thompson (EN), and Edmonia Lewis (U.S.)
  • 12 March – Women artists and modernism in 19th-Century Europe: the Impressionists, and Camille Claudel
  • 19 March – Women artists at the forefront of artistic innovation in the 1st half of the 20th century, part 1: Europe and Russia, from Sonia Delaunay and Kathe Kollwitz to Hannah Hoch and Lyubov Popova
  • 26 March – Women artists and the avant-garde in the 1st half of the 20th century, part 2: the Americas: Georgia O’Keeffe, Emily Carr, and Frida Kahlo
  • 2 April – From the 1950s to the Feminist movement

    9 April – Conclusion: Women artists in contemporary art Including a trip to Tate Britain

Organiser / Instructor

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Caroline Levisse

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Tuesday 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM