Let’s celebrate female artists and their work across history. Learn about some of the most influential women artists.
Let’s do a rapid-fire round, shall we? In the next few seconds, name the most famous artists that come to your mind. Go!
“Picasso, Van Gogh, Da Vinci, Michelangelo, and so on”
Were there any women on this list? No, right? Throughout history, female artists have had a huge role to play in different art movements and developments. However, their accomplishments have always been overshadowed by their male counterparts. We’re here to change that. Let’s have a look at some of the most famous female artists and give them the appreciation they deserve.
1. Agnes Martin
Agnes Martin was a Canadian artist who graced the world with her mysterious art from 1914 to 2004. She is often associated with the minimalist movement due to her intricate yet simplistic pieces. Martin was an extremely private person, saying that all her art pieces came to her vividly but in small size, which she would then translate to the canvas. One of her most popular pieces is named Friendship, created in 1963. It consists of seemingly perfect lines, which, when observed carefully, depict the beauty of the human hand and its minute errors.
HilmaafKlint is definitely a pioneer of abstract art. Her paintings have an array of bright, large, breathtaking abstract drawings. An exhibition of her work, HilmaafKlint: Paintings of the Future, is one of the most attended exhibitions in the Guggenheim Museum.
She graduated from Stockholm’s Royal Academy of Arts in 1887. To promote women’s work, she also served as the secretary of the Association of Swedish Women Artists. People, along with afKlint worked on spiritualism and Theosophy at that time. And inspired by these movements, she created “The Paintings for the Temple”. It tried to embody evolution and a contrasting picture of the universe.
3. Augusta Savage
A pioneer in sculpting and an advocate of democratization and equality in art for all races and genders. A sculpture of a child that she created in 1929, gave her widespread fame through which she landed a scholarship at an art school in Paris. Savage, through her outstanding work and constant efforts, became the first African-American woman to be elected to the National Association of Women Painters and Sculptors.