Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Let’s talk about women artists. There are many talented women artists selling their art on the Internet today. Internet opened the door to all fine artists, but particularly to women.
Many professional women, mothers and students can now showcase to the world their artistry. For many, it is a hobby; for many others it is a way of making a living or an additional income. But for all, it is a passion!
In the 21st century, art collectors support original art regardless of the artist’s gender. Art patrons are more concerned about colors, subject matter, etc…
However, throughout history, many great women artists were in the shadows of their successful male counterparts.
One of the best examples that come to mind is Camille Claudel. Claudel was an incredibly talented woman sculptor in her own right. “The famous art critic Octave Mirbeau wrote she was "A revolt against nature: a woman genius". (Wikipedia). However, her name is usually comes up in the discussions about Rodin.
Claudel’s “early work is similar to Rodin's in spirit, but shows an imagination and lyricism quite her own, particularly in the famous Bronze Waltz (1893).” (Wikipedia).
Committed by her brother and mother, Camille Claudel died on 19 October 1943, after having lived 30 years in the asylum at Montfavet (known then as the Asile de Montdevergues, now the modern psychiatric hospital Centre Hospitalier de Montfavet) (Wikipedia). Her tragic life reminds me a bit of Vincent van Gogh’s.
Another example is Lee Krasner. An influential abstract expressionist painter who married artist Jackson Pollock and became known as “Pollock’s wife.” “Unfortunately for Krasner, the climate of the times was not receptive to a woman who painted in such an assertive style as Abstract Expressionism” (Living with art, Rita Gilbert/William McCarter p.440)
But all is changed today! Women paint in any style or medium they choose and present their creations to the world.
Fortunately today, for women artists like myself, the bias is in the past and each and every creative woman artist is respected for her talent.
Appreciate your comments…..