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Female impressionists

There were quite a few female trailblazers who were significant artists in the French Impressionism art movement of the 19th century. These women defied all norms of their times. These women became accomplished artists in a period when women were expected by society to stay at home and raise families only.

The art world and in particular the art historians, conveniently overlooked the accomplishments of these female trailblazers. For example, Berthe Morisot was more famous that Claude Monet in the 19th century. However decades later, Claude Monet became a household name in the art world. Berthe Morisot, however, was barely known for decades after she died. Her accomplishments and success forgotten.

Berthe Morisot, like many other female artists, were indeed forgotten for many decades. Their names and their accomplishments barely a footnote in the history of art. Their contributions to the impressionism art movement hardly acknowledged.

Today the art world is finally documenting and writing about the accomplishments and contributions of the French female impressionists of the 19th century.

Read the stories of these fascinating female trailblazers and feel inspired!

Lilla Cabot Perry & French Impressionism

One Monet Painting was a Life Changing Moment for Lilla Cabot Perry Lilla Cabot Perry was an American artist, who picked up painting as an adult, at the age of 36. She viewed her first impressionism painting at the age… Continue Reading →

Jane Peterson – The American Impressionist

Jane Peterson (1876-1965) Jane Peterson’s paintings cannot be categorized into any specific art movement. Her artworks blend several prominent styles and art movements of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Her loose brushwork and vivid colors she adopted during… Continue Reading →

The Impressionism Style of Louise Catherine Breslau

The Impressionism Style of the German/Swiss Artist Louise Catherine Breslau Louise Catherine Breslau was not officially part of the impressionism movement. However it is clear through her artworks, that Impressionism influenced her style. Maria Luise Katharina Breslau (December 6, 1856… Continue Reading →

History of Impressionism – The Forgotten Women

Why Did the History of Impressionism Forget It’s Women? The French history of impressionism for some strange reason has obscured at best and obliterated at worst, some very noteworthy female impressionism painters. In this article, I hope to briefly expose… Continue Reading →

Eva Gonzales – The Female Impressionist

Eva Gonzales – The Forgotten Female Impressionism Painter Eva Gonzalès (April 19, 1849—May 6, 1883) was a French  painter in the Impressionism art movement.  Gonzalès was born in Paris into a wealthy & educated family. Her father was a writer and her… Continue Reading →

Marie Bracquemond -The Forgotten Impressionist

Why Has Marie Bracquemond’s Name Faded into Obscurity? Marie Bracquemond is virtually an unknown name compared to all the impressionst artists. In 1928, French art historian Henri Focillon wrote that there were three ”grande dames” of Impressionism: Berthe Morisot, Mary Cassatt and Marie Bracquemond. Why… Continue Reading →

The Female Impressionist – Berthe Morisot

Berthe Morisot (Bourges 1841 – Paris 1895) Did you know that the female impressionist Berthe Morisot was one of the pioneering French artists of the impressionism art movement? In fact, during her life time, she was more successful than the… Continue Reading →

Mary Cassatt-Paintings Noticed by Degas

Mary Cassatt Paintings – Caught the Impressionists Attention! Mary Cassatt paintings were highly regarded during her lifetime. She is considered as one of the greatest American female painters. Cassatt lived in Paris for more than sixty years. She was the… Continue Reading →

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