In August Elizabeth Barton wrote in her newsletter (Art and Quilts, cogitations thereon) about why female artists are little known.
Below you can see an extract from this newsletter.
"There are many reasons why female artists are little known. In her book Woman, Art and Society, Whitney Chadwick explores several centuries of female artists. Even though excellent woman painters have always existed, academies, such as the Royal Academy in England, preferred to relegate them to the subjects of paintings, rather than the makers of paintings. Art history books, museum collections, auction prices etc. all are evidence of a complete and utter lack of respect for work by women. Alas, the lack of recognition was widespread : not just in art, but politics, religion - even sport - though that is certainly beginning to improve as people realize that intelligence and elegance are at least the equal of power and aggression.........
So whenever you research art ....whatever the era: the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the Age of Reason, the Victorian paintings, modern and abstract art, post modern art into the present day - look for Women!!
Their work is strong, it´s tender, it´s fresh, it´s waiting to be discovered. Let´s create a demand for it! And I´m still waiting for women to rule the world!"
Elizabeth Barton. Aug.20.2014
Last year there was a big exhibition at The Modern Museum in Stockholm which exhibited lots of paintings and drawings by a Swedish female painter,
Hilma af Klint, so much before here time, a Pioneer of Abstract Art. In her will she stated that her collection of paintings and drawings should not be exhibited/shown until 20 years after her death.
I would like to share with you a video about this remarkable female painter, Hilma af Klint, which 20 years after her death has been discovered.
So just click the link below and look for the video that can be seen there and enjoy!
and below is an article published in New York Times about Hilma-af-Klint.