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Below are biographies and analysis of the work of the artists that inspired the Feminist Art movement of the 1960s. Read more about the main movement on the Feminist Art Overview Overview page.

Proto-Feminist Art: 20 of 310 Total Artists
Albers, Anni Biography, Art & Analysis

Albers, Anni

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Albers, Anni Famous Art

German-American designer and textile artist Anni Albers was the wife of Josef Albers and an influential artist in her own right. Her work brought together good design and modern materials with the Bauhaus design ethos, where she studied and taught before moving to the United States.

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Baroness Freytag-Loringhoven Biography, Art & Analysis

Baroness Freytag-Loringhoven

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Baroness Freytag-Loringhoven Famous Art

Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven, the provocateur and essential catalyst for New York Dada movement, upended notions of what was considered art.

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Bourgeois, Louise Biography, Art & Analysis

Bourgeois, Louise

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Louise Bourgeois is a French contemporary artist whose work adds a feminist perspective to Surrealism's themes of sex, childhood, and the uncanny. She is best known for her installation 'Cells' and her large-scale spider sculptures.

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Cahun, Claude Biography, Art & Analysis

Cahun, Claude

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Cahun, Claude Famous Art

Cahun's photographs are renowned for blurring the lines between gender and sexuality, as illustrated in her Surrealist-inspired and non-gender specific photomontages and self-portraits.

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Cassatt, Mary Biography, Art & Analysis

Cassatt, Mary

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Mary Cassatt was an American painter and printmaker active in France in the late nineteenth century. She was closely associated with Impressionism, and her signature subjects were intimate, domestic scenes of women, mothers, and children.

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Carrington, Dora Biography, Art & Analysis

Carrington, Dora

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Beyond her dramatic biography and personality, Carrington brought a unique blend of styles to her work, drawing from movements as disparate as Impressionism, Primitivism, and Surrealism. Her sensitive rendering of her subjects reveals an artist with a keen eye who made an unrivalled contribution to European art of the early twentieth century.

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Carrington, Leonora Biography, Art & Analysis

Carrington, Leonora

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Leonora Carrington art is often dreamlike imagery with highly detailed compositions of fantastical creatures in otherworldly settings. Her themes of metamorphosis and magic, as well as its frequent whimsy, have given it an enduring appeal.

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Claudel, Camille Biography, Art & Analysis

Claudel, Camille

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Claudel became Auguste Rodin's studio assistant, muse, model, and lover. She is known for her expressive and autobiographical sculpture.

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De Kooning, Elaine Biography, Art & Analysis

De Kooning, Elaine

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Elaine de Kooning was an important Abstract Expressionist painter and collagist whose work combines gestural energy with formalist investigations. She was married to the famous New York painter Willem de Kooning.

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Goncharova, Natalia Biography, Art & Analysis

Goncharova, Natalia

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Goncharova was part of the Russian avant garde generation involved in a relentless exploration of different visual styles. She also co-founded Rayonism with her life partner Mikhail Larionov.

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Hesse, Eva Biography, Art & Analysis

Hesse, Eva

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Eva Hesse was a major New York artist whose sculpture, assemblage, and installation brought issues of feminism and the body into Minimalism's formal vocabulary. She is heralded as one of the quintessential Post-Minimalist artists.

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Höch, Hannah Biography, Art & Analysis

Höch, Hannah

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Hannah Hoch was a German-born Dada artist. She and Raoul Hausmann were among the first artists to work in photomontage. Hoch is most famous for her works dating from the Weimar years, most notably 1919's 'Cut with the Dada Kitchen Knife through the Last Weimar Beer-Belly Cultural Epoch in Germany,' which critiqued Weimar Germany.

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Kahlo, Frida Biography, Art & Analysis

Kahlo, Frida

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Frida Kahlo is a twentieth-century Mexican artist whose work has a strong autobiographical component as it addresses issues of feminism and nationalism. Her work is often associated with Surrealism and she is best known for her many, often uncanny self-portraits.

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Lempicka, Tamara de Biography, Art & Analysis

Lempicka, Tamara de

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Tamara de Lempicka specilized in a works that stylized Cubist ideas in modern, fashionable portraits in The Art Deco style. Despite their decorative quality, De Lempicka's paintings are now regarded as the quintessential images of the bygone age.

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Morisot, Berthe Biography, Art & Analysis

Morisot, Berthe

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Berthe Morisot came from a family with a long history of successful painters. She was the only woman painter accepted and respected by the Impressionist circle. Morisot served as a model for Manet, married his brother, and went on to have a meaningful art career herself.

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O'Keeffe, Georgia Biography, Art & Analysis

O'Keeffe, Georgia

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Georgia O'Keeffe was an American painter best known for her depictions of flowers, animal skulls, landscapes, and still lifes. Married to photographer Alfred Stieglitz, she was an important member of the "Stieglitz circle" and early American modernism.

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Oppenheim, Meret Biography, Art & Analysis

Oppenheim, Meret

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The Surrealist Meret Oppenheim was a Swiss artist whose most famous work is the surrealist sculpture, Object (Le Dejeuner en fourrure), which consists of a teacup covered in fur.

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Tanning, Dorothea Biography, Art & Analysis

Tanning, Dorothea

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Tanning is an American painter, sculptor, and poet heavily influenced by Duchamp, Ray, Tanguy and perhaps most of all Max Ernst, her former husband, Tanning created a number of paintings in the 1940s that are now considered seminal to the Surrealist movement, including her dream-like self-portrait Birthday.

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Taeuber-Arp, Sophie Biography, Art & Analysis

Taeuber-Arp, Sophie

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Sophie Taeuber-Arp is considered to be one of the most important artists of geometric abstraction of the twentieth century. Taeuber-Arp was married to Jean Arp, the major Dada artist, and the two worked together up to her early death.

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Varo, Remedios Biography, Art & Analysis

Varo, Remedios

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The Spanish-Mexican Surrealist Varo, a well-studied alchemist, seeker, and naturalist, created dreamlike imagery often dealing with individual balance in an interconnected universe.

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Proto-Feminist Art: 20 of 310 Total Artists



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