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Women Artists at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Following the success of the Met’s recent exhibition Vigée Le Brun: Woman Artist in Revolutionary France, this course considers the important contributions of women artists in Western art from the baroque to the present. Survey the work of women artists across a rich 400-year continuum, analyze the conditions in which they lived and worked, and discuss how they had to defy convention to become artists. The primary focus is on the Met’s collection of artwork by Artemisia Gentileschi, Rosa Bonheur, Mary Cassatt, Camille Claudel, Georgia O’Keeffe, Lee Krasner, Agnes Martin, Yayoi Kusama, Cindy Sherman, and Carrie Mae Weems. Linda Nochlin’s seminal article, “Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?” (1971), accompanies our study.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • An understanding of the significant role that women artists have played in the history of Western art
  • The ability to define the challenges and obstacles that women have to face in the male-dominated art world

Ideal for

  • Art enthusiasts
  • Prospective and practicing arts professionals
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