African Art

Women Artists Masterpost

Hello, all. I’m trying to compile a list of notable women artists, from all countries and time periods, to conclude women’s history month (in the US, anyway!). I think the tumblr community does a great job of highlighting women’s contribution to the STEM fields, literature, history, etc. but I would love to see some more women in the visual arts on this website. I was hoping to do some more posts for women artists in March but time kind of got away from me and this month has been a bit of a mess. Without any further ado, here is my master list of women artists (far from complete, but the most comprehensive one yet!)

Assorted essays and lists: Latin American women artists; American Women Sculptors, Women in Classical Greece;  Providing a Space of Freedom: Women Artists from Africa ; Women Artists in 19th Century France; Women China Decorators; West Asia: Postmodernism, the Diaspora, and Women Artists; A Brief History of Women in Art; Feminist Art Movement in the United States; Identity, the body, and the subversion of Modernism; Women Artists Encyclopedia; Archives of Women Artists.

Videos: Unlock Art: Where are the Women?; Women Art Revolution

Women artists by last names.

A–D

  • Abakanowicz, Magdalena (Polish, 20th century)
  • Abramović, Marina (Serbian, 20th century)
  • Albizu, Olga (Puerto Rican, 20th-21st centuries)
  • Alexander, Jane (South African, 20th century)
  • Almeida, Helena (Portuguese, 20th century)
  • do Amaral, Tarsila (Brazilian, 20th century)
  • Amer, Ghada (Egyptian, 20th-21st centuries)
  • Ancher, Anna (Danish, 19th-20th centuries)
  • Anguissola, Lucia (Italian, 16th century)
  • Anguissola, Sofonisba (Italian, 16th-17th centuries)
  • Antoni, Janine (Bahaman/American, 20th century)
  • Applebroog, Ida (American, 20th century)
  • Arastu, Salma (Indian, 20th-21st centuries)
  • Ayres, Gillian (British, 20th century)
  • Baber, Alice (American, 20th century)
  • Baes, Rachel (Belgian, 20th century)
  • Baron, Hannelore (German/American, 20th century)
  • Bashkirtseff, Marie (Ukrainian/French, 19th century)
  • Beale, Mary (British, 17th century)
  • Beaux, Cecilia (American, 19th century)
  • Bochořáková-Dittrichová, Helena (Czech, 20th century)
  • Booker, Chakaia (American, 20th-21st centuries)
  • Bourgeois, Louise (French, 20th century)
  • Bonheur, Rosa (French, 19th century)
  • Boznańska, Olga (Polish, 20th century)
  • Brigwater, Emmy (British, 20th century)
  • le Brun, Élisabeth Vigée (French, 18th-19th centuries)
  • Carrington, Leonora (British/Mexican, 20th century)
  • Cahun, Claude (French, 20th century)
  • Call, Sophie (French, 20th-21st centuries)
  • Cameron, Julia Margaret (British, 19th century)
  • Camp, Sokari Douglas (Nigerian, 20th century)
  • Capet, Marie-Gabrielle (French, 18th-19th centuries)
  • Carriera, Rosalba Zuanna (Venetian, 18th century)
  • Cassatt, Mary (American, 19th century)
  • St. Catherine of Bologna (Italian, 15th century)
  • Čermínová, Marie “Toyen” (Czech, 20th century)
  • Chéron, Élisabeth Sophie (French, 17th-18th centuries)
  • Claricia (German, 13th century)
  • Clark, Lygia (Brazilian, 20th century)
  • Claudel, Camille (French, 19th-20th centuries)
  • Colquhuon, Ithell (British, 20th century)
  • Costa, Olga (German/Mexican, 20th century)
  • Cosway, Maria (Italian/British, 18th-19th centuries)
  • Delaunay, Sonia (French, 19th-20th centuries)
  • Diedmus (Bavarian or Swabian, 10th-11th centuries)

E–H

  • Eirene (ancient Greek, 1st century)
  • Ellenrieder, Marie (German, 19th century)
  • Emin, Tracey (British, 20th-21st centuries)
  • da Fonseca, Maria (Portuguese, 20th century)
  • Fini, Leonor (Argentinian, 20th century)
  • Fontana, Lavinia (Italian, 16th-17th centuries)
  • Fortescue-Brickdale, Eleanor (British, 19th-20th centuries)
  • Frankenthaler, Helen (American, 20th century)
  • Galizia, Fede (Italian, 16th-17th centuries)
  • Gardner, Elizabeth Jane (American, 18th-19th centuries)
  • Gentileschi, Artemisia (Italian, 17th century)
  • Gérard, Marguerite (French, 19th-20th centuries)
  • Goldin, Nan (American, 20th-21st centuries)
  • Goncharova, Natalia (Russian, 20th century)
  • Gonzalès, Eva (French, 19th century)
  • Guda (German(?), 12th century)
  • Hadid, Zaha (Iraqi/British, 20th-21st centuries)
  • Helena of Egypt (5th century B.C.E.)
  • van Hemessen, Catharina (Flemish, 16th century)
  • Herrad of Landsberg (Alsatian, 12th century)
  • Hesse, Eva (German, 20th century)
  • St. Hildegard of Bingen (German, 12th century)
  • Höch, Hannah (German, 20th century)
  • Holzer, Jenny (American, 20th-21st centuries)
  • Horna, Kati (Hungarian/Mexican, 20th century)
  • Hugo, Valentine (French, 20th century)

I–L

  • Iaia of Cyzicus (Roman, 1st century B.C.E.)
  • Inglis, Esther (British, 16th-17th centuries)
  • Izquierdo, María (Mexican, 20th century)
  • Kahlo, Frida (Mexican, 20th century)
  • Käsebier, Gertrude (American, 20th century)
  • Kauffman, Angelica (Swiss/Austrian, 18th century)
  • Kihara, Shigeyuki (Samoan, 21st century)
  • Knight, Laura (British, 19th-20th centuries)
  • Kobilca, Ivana (Slovenian, 19th-20th centuries)
  • Kollwitz, Käthe (German, 20th century)
  • de Kooning, Elaine (American, 20th century)
  • Kouelani, Bill (Congolese, 20th century)
  • Krasner, Lee (American, 20th century)
  • Krøyer, Marie (Danish, 19th-20th centuries)
  • Kruger, Barbara (American, 20th century)
  • Labille-Guiard, Adélaïde (French, 18th century)
  • Lange, Dorothea (American, 20th century)
  • de Lempicka, Tamara (Polish, 20th century)
  • Lewis, Edmonia (Haitian/American, 19th century)
  • Leyster, Judith (Dutch, 17th century)
  • Lin, Maya (American, 20th century)
  • Longhi, Barbara (Italian, 16th-17th centuries)
  • Louis,  Séraphine (French, 19th-20th centuries)
  • Lyall, Laura Muntz (Canadian, 19th century)

M–P

  • Maar, Dora (Argentinian, 20th century)
  • Mahlangu, Esther (South African, 20th century)
  • Maier, Vivian (American, 20th century)
  • Malfatti, Anita (Brazilian, 20th century)
  • Mann, Sally (American, 20th century)
  • Martin, Agnes (Canadian/American, 20th-21st centuries)
  • Mehretu, Julie (Ethiopian, 20th-21st centuries)
  • Mendieta, Ana (Cuban, 20th century)
  • Milhazes, Beatriz (Brazilian, 20th century-21st centuries)
  • Miller, Lee (American, 20th century)
  • Mitchell, Joan (American, 20th century)
  • de Morgan, Evelyn (British, 19th century)
  • Mohamedi, Nasreen (Indian, 20th century)
  • Morisot, Berthe (French, 19th century)
  • Moses, Grandma (American, 19th-20th centuries)
  • von Motesiczky, Marie Louise (Austrian, 20th century)
  • Mukhina, Vera (Latvian, 20th century)
  • Münter, Gabriele (German, 20th century)
  • Mutu, Wangechi (Kenyan, 20th-21st centuries)
  • Nance, Marilyn (American, 20th century)
  • Neel, Alice (American, 20th century)
  • Neshat, Shirin (Iranian, 20th century)
  • Nevelson, Louise (Ukrainian/American, 20th century
  • Ney, Elisabet (German/American, 19th century)
  • de Óbidos, Josefa (Portuguese/Spanish, 17th century)
  • Ogura, Yuki (Japanese, 19th century)
  • O’Keeffe, Georgia (American, 20th century)
  • Onur, Füsun (Turkish, 20th century)
  • Oppenheim, Meret (Swiss/German, 20th century)
  • Orloff, Chana (Ukrainian/Israeli, 20th century)
  • Pape, Lygia (Brazilian, 20th-21st centuries)
  • Parent, Mimi (Canadian, 20th century)
  • Pasch, Ulrika (Swedish, 18th century)
  • Peláez, Amelia (Cuban, 20th century)
  • Petrović, Nadežda (Serbian, 19th-20th centuries)
  • Piper, Adrian (American, 20th century)
  • Popova, Lyubov (Russian, 20th century)
  • Powers, Harriet (American, 19th century)

Q-T

  • Reyes, Aurora (Mexican, 20th century)
  • Richier, Germaine (French, 20th century)
  • Riley, Bridget (British, 20th century)
  • Ringgold, Faith (American, 20th century)
  • Robusti, Marietta (Venetian, 16th century)
  • Rojc, Nasta (Croatian, 20th century)
  • Roldán, Luisa (Spanish, 17th century)
  • Rose, Tracey (South African, 20th-21st centuries)
  • Ruysch, Rachel (Dutch, 17th-18th centuries)
  • Sage, Kay (American, 20th century)
  • Sandys, Emma (British, 19th century)
  • Sarptürk, Leyla Gamsız (Turkish, 20th century)
  • Schapiro, Miriam (Canadian, 20th century)
  • Schendel, Mira (Swiss/Brazilian, 20th century)
  • Serebriakova, Zinaida (Russian/Ukrainian, 20th century)
  • Sher-Gil, Amrita (Indian, 20th century)
  • Sherman, Cindy (American, 20th century)
  • Simpson, Lorna (American, 20th century)
  • Sirani, Elisabetta (Italian, 17th century)
  • Smith, Kiki (German/American, 20th century)
  • von Steinbeck, Sabina (Alsatian, 13th century)
  • Stern, Hedda (Romanian/American, 20th century)
  • Szapocznikow, Alina (Polish, 20th century)
  • Tanning, Dorothea (American, 20th century)
  • Tauber-Arp, Sophie (Swiss, 20th century
  • Thamyris (Ancient Greek, 5th century B.C.E.)
  • Therbusch , Anna Dorothea (Polish, 18th century)
  • Thesleff, Ellen (Finnish, 19th-20th centuries)
  • Tichenor, Bridget Bate (French/Mexican, 20th century)

U-Z

  • Valadon, Suzanne (French, 19th-20th centuries)
  • Vallayer-Coster, Anne (French, 18th century)
  • Varo, Remedios (Spanish/Mexican, 20th century)
  • de Velasco, Verónica Ruiz (Mexican, 20th-21st centuries)
  • Vorobieff, Maria (Russian, 20th century)
  • Walker, Kara (American, 20th century)
  • Walker, Nellie (American, 20th century)
  • Wegman, Bertha (Danish, 19th-20th centuries)
  • Wilke, Hannah (American, 20th century)
  • Williamson, Sue (South African, 20th century)
  • Woodman, Francesca (American, 20th century)
  • Wuttke, Jagoda Buic (Croatian, 20th century)
  • Yayoi, Kusama (Japanese, 20th century)
  • Zorach, Marguerite (American, 20th century)

We’re saddened by the loss of artist Malick Sidibé, a chronicler of life in post-independence Mali. His photograph Look at Me! is on view now on the fourth floor as part of From the Collection: 1960–1969.


[Malick Sidibé. Look at Me! 1962. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. © 2016 Malick Sidibé]