Leonora Carrington

Reproduced with kind permission from Dr. Harold Gabriel Weisz Carrington. Estate of Leonora Carrington. Leonora Carrington was a British-born artist, surrealist painter and novelist. Leonora lived and worked in Mexico and was a founding member of the Women’s Liberation Movement in Mexico during [...]

Mary Beale

Mary Beale was a prolific, successful portrait painter but her name is little known outside experts in 17th Century English painting. As such, Mary is perfect for celebration in the We Are The 51 campaign to celebrate the achievements of women. Mary Beale was born in Suffolk, daughter of the rector [...]

Margaret Tait

Margaret Tait was a pioneering filmmaker for whom words and images made the world real. In ‘documentary’, she wrote, real things ‘lose their reality and there’s no poetry in that. In poetry, something else happens.’ If film, for Tait, was a poetic medium, her poems are works of craft and [...]

Suzanne Valadon

Because a lot of women were married to or friends with male artists, history has assumed that they were a muse to the great man or, if they produced works of their own, that they were helped by their husbands. So, when you look at the WikiCommons library for Suzanne Valadon, you see portraits of [...]

Kate Charlesworth

Kate Charlesworth When asked about the shortage of female cartoonists Merrily Harper, freelance cartoonist and writer, said “Being funny is quite a male activity … most women have got better things to do than spend their day thinking up jokes.” I am ashamed to say that, until attending [...]

Georgia O’Keeffe

Georgia O’Keeffe, a pioneer of modern art, has been recognized as the Mother of American Modernism. She is best known for her large-format paintings of enlarged blossoms, presenting them in close up, New York skyscrapers the landscapes of New Mexico. Georgia was born the second of seven [...]
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