There has never been a better time for women artists! As a matter of fact, I dare to say the 21st century belongs to women in art.
Although the earliest objects of art discovered including ceramics and textiles, have been always associated with women, looking in retrospective throughout the history of art and civilisations, men have ruled the world, including the art world.
Referring strictly at visual arts history, the first notable names appear during the 17th century. We have Mary Beale (b 1633, d.1699) Artemisia Gentileschi (1593-1652), Elisabetta Sirani (n.1638, d. 1665), Rachel Ruysch (n.1664, d. 1750), Judith Leyster, Vanessa Bell most people have never heard about.
Female artistic genius is slowly getting more attention at the same time with the infusion of light in art. Or at least that’s what I like to call the second half of 19th century, marked by Impressionism. We’re seeing women artists such as Marie Bracquemond (1840 -1916), Berthe Morisot (1841-1895), Eva Gonzalès (1849-1883), Mary Cassatt (1844-1926), Anna Ancher (1859-1935), Kate Cory (1861-1958), Romaine Brooks (1874 -1970), Vanessa Bell (1879-1961) creating remarkable portraits and impressionist paintings. And most notorious women artists Frida Kahlo (1907 -1954) and Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986).
The explosion of masterpieces created by women starts with the 20th century, accentuating after the Second World War. Obviously it coincides with several equal rights and feminist movements. Women artists such as Françoise Gilot (n.1935) , Louise Bourgeois (1911-2010) , Eileen Agar (b.1889-1991) are truly phenomenons of individualist feminine expression.
The 21st century reveals amazing opportunities to artists in general, and a total freedom of expression to women artists. Additionally by using the technology available today, artists can touch the hearts and minds of millions of people every day, every second.
Someone once said, the future belongs to the artist entrepreneur. And we’re already seeing a mentality change. Forget B2C and B2B, it’s the era of H2H – the heart to heart service.
Women artists are finally free to express their emotions, talk about social issues, and advocate for what feels right. It’s time to put our heart on the table and speak from a place of love, peace and forgiveness, looking at the present as an incredible opportunity to transform the world.
About the image attached
40 W x 30 H x 1.5 D
Mixed media with 18 K gold and epoxy resin.