It always seems to be male artists that steal the headlines: Van Gogh cutting off his ear; Damien Hirst preserving animals in formaldehyde; Duchamps’ Urinal; and Caravaggio’s actual murder of a young man. Female artists just get on with being brilliant without causing a fuss – well most of them, anyway. It certainly doesn’t make them any less talented than men. Here are the women painters you should be familiar with.
1. Berthe Morisot
Born in 1841 in Bourges, France, Berthe Morisot was a French Impressionist painter who was known for portraying a wide number of subjects from portraits to domestic scenes to still lifes to landscapes. The very first exhibitions of her work were at a prestigious art show called The Salon in 1864, and her work proved so popular that it would be displayed there for over a decade. Interestingly, she married Manet’s brother, Edouard Manet in 1868, and this provided her with the financial security to continue painting as a career.