In her landmark 1971 essay, Linda Nochlin asked why there were no great women artists. She failed to recognize that there are several female artists who changed the world of art forever. Here are 5 most influential female artists of all times:
1. Louise Elisabeth Vigee Le Brun
Louise was a French Artist who was born in 1755 and died in 1842.She was a self-taught artist. In 1783, through the help of Marie Antoinette, she secured a place at French Academy where there were only four female students. She specialized in painting sympathetic portraits of women from various aristocracies.
2. Mary Cassatt
Cassatt (1844-1926) was an American artist who specialized in art of impressionism. Her paintings were focused on reflecting the modern life of the time. Male artists depicted women as laid back but Cassatt always gave the women in her paintings dynamic roles.
3. George O’keefe
George was an American artist. She was born in 1887 and died in 1986. She was one of the first artists in America to make abstract paintings. This was a deviation from making realism related paintings. She was not influenced by the realism movement that was prevalent during the time.
4. Helen Frankenthaler
Helen was born in 1928 and died in 2011. She loved making stain paintings. This was a transition from abstract expressionism art to color field art. She was one of the few women who made stain paintings.
5. Judy Chicago
Judy was a feminist artist. Her work was saturated with feminism messages. In The Dinner Party from 1974-1979, she made an iconic installation to commemorate 1,038 women in history.