British Women Artists : From Suffrage to the Sixties-9780500297827

British Women Artists : From Suffrage to the Sixties

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Author(s): Trant, Carolyn
Binding: Paperback,
Date of Publication: 07/03/2024,
Pagination: 336 pages, 60 Illustrations, black and white; 68 Illustrations, color,
ISBN13\EAN\SKU: 9780500297827,

The story of modern British art history told through the stories of its women.

Consider for a moment the history of modern art in Britain; you may struggle to land on a narrative that features very many women. On this journey through a fascinating period of social change, artist Carolyn Trant fills in some of the gaps in traditional art histories. Introducing the lives and works of a rich network of neglected women artists, British Women Artists sets these alongside such renowned presences as Barbara Hepworth, Laura Knight and Winifred Nicholson. In an era of radical activism and great social and political change, women forged new relationships with art and its institutions. Such change was not without its challenges, and with acerbic wit Trant delves into the gendered make-up of the ‘avant-garde’, and the tyranny of artistic ‘isms’.

In the decades after women won the vote in Britain, the fortunes of women artists were shaped by war, domesticity, continued oppressions and spirited resistance. Some succeeded in forging creative careers; others were thwarted by the odds stacked against them. Weaving devastating individual stories with playful critique, British Women Artists reveals this hidden history.

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