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Female Artists

In 2019, Art Paris put women artists in the spotlight with 'A Different Kind* of French Scene' (*the French 'genre' may also be translated as 'gender') highlighting 25 projects by women creators in France. However, for much of art history it has been an entirely different story: women artists have been almost entirely overlooked, criticised and pushed into the background. Women have been creating art since ancient times, across all mediums: painting, sculpture, engraving, photography, and architecture, but extraordinarily few (and even then, only rich white women with social connections) were ever afforded any recognition, and even fewer were acknowledged as creators or as artists at all. Art historians' interest in the work of women artists only dates back as far as the 1960s and the rise of gender studies, women's rights movements, and feminism. As late as 1989, a campaign by the activist group Guerrilla Girls pointed out that art by women artists made up only 5% of the works on display in the Metropolitan Museum, New York, whilst 85% of the nudes exhibited were of women, prompting them to ask “do women have to be naked to get into the Met.?" (apparently so). Today, that statistic is not much improved, neither in the Met., nor more broadly across the art world. The recent emergence and focus on the work of women artists does not, in fact, reflect a new phenomenon, merely the long overdue recognition of the work that women have been doing for centuries.

The pieces selected by Artsper reflect the dynamism and variety in the works of women artists, acting as a reminder that 'women artist' is not a genre, and does not reflect a predisposition to a certain way of working. All of these works show strong personality and ground-breaking initiative, with some artists also choosing to pay tribute to their predecessors, like Frida Khalo (Béa Simpson) or René Magritte (Laurina Paperina), showing respect and serving as a reminder of the long history and struggle of women in art. From the photography of Sylvie Castioni to the abstract paintings of Cassandra Brown, the artists shown below are proof of the eclecticism of women artists; collectors might be surprised by the range displayed, from the sensuality of the portraiture, to the vibrant colours of the paintings, to the effortless elegance of the sculpture.

Despite recent advances the art market and the art world in general are still largely dominated by men, and as a result the inherent value of women artists and their work is still overlooked. Artsper want to recognise the diversity of contemporary artists, their talents and even their superiority across fields where they have been historically ignored. In photography, Angélique, Irene Cruz and Juliette Jourdain work in subtle and nuanced monochrome, where in sculpture the likes of Niki de Saint Phalle, Caroline Brisset or Sophie Cavalié poetically craft a world that is at once amusing and melancholic. Not to mention the myriad women painters who have invested unambiguously in the field that once rejected them, bringing to life their narrative of reclamation, and taking up their rightful place at the forefront of art history. 

Whether they are world renown like Niki de Saint Phalle or emerging talents like Stasele Jakunskaite, it is imperative to recognise and appreciate the mark that all women artists are making on the international art scene. Artsper is paying tribute to these women, and we invite you to do the same by browsing our selection of their remarkable work.

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In time for Christmas
Léa Bénétou, Détecter les Eléments Séparés, Painting

Léa Bénétou

Détecter les Eléments Séparés, 2017
7.9 x 7.9 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$ 434

In time for Christmas
Lilia Mazurkevich, My Lustful Friend as Queen of the Jungle, Painting

Lilia Mazurkevich

My Lustful Friend as Queen of the Jungle, 2020
65.4 x 37.8 x 2 inch
Painting

$ 24,999

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Niki de Saint Phalle, Nana assise sur un serpent, Sculpture

Niki de Saint Phalle

Nana assise sur un serpent, 1984
6.3 x 5.1 x 4.3 inch
Sculpture

$ 68,151

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In time for Christmas
Paola Pivi, Untitled (Zebras), Print

Paola Pivi

Untitled (Zebras), 2013
19.7 x 27.6 inch
Print

$ 446

Sonia Alins, In Love, Print

Sonia Alins

In Love, 2020
22 x 22 x 0.1 inch
Print

$ 186

In time for Christmas
Johanne 8, 12 hours after to make him love me, Painting

Johanne 8

12 hours after to make him love me, 2014
51.2 x 31.9 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$ 5,700

In time for Christmas
Mara Toledo, En observant les oiseaux, Painting

Mara Toledo

En observant les oiseaux, 2019
7.9 x 11.8 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$ 471

In time for Christmas
Laure Prouvost, Ideally here the roof be open to the sky, Print

Laure Prouvost

Ideally here the roof be open to the sky, 2016
23.6 x 17.7 inch
Print

$ 1,487

In time for Christmas
Laurina Paperina, Man in a Bowler Hat vs Pigeon, Drawing

Laurina Paperina

Man in a Bowler Hat vs Pigeon, 2017
9.8 x 7.9 x 0.8 inch
Drawing

$ 1,239

In time for Christmas
Edna De Araraquara, La rencontre des oiseaux, Painting

Edna De Araraquara

La rencontre des oiseaux, 2019
23.6 x 31.5 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$ 2,528 $ 2,974

In time for Christmas
Astrid Dahl, Corycium, Sculpture

Astrid Dahl

Corycium, 2019
16.9 x 24.4 x 24.4 inch
Sculpture

$ 7,435

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In time for Christmas
Anne Quémar, Sur la Terre, Painting

Anne Quémar

Sur la Terre, 2010
39.4 x 39.4 inch
Painting

$ 4,771

In time for Christmas
Joyce Fournier, Female Torso - (No. 5 of 10), Sculpture

Joyce Fournier

Female Torso - (No. 5 of 10), 2019
4.5 x 3 x 2.5 inch
Sculpture

$ 468 $ 550

In time for Christmas
Madeleine Colaço, Ecole de samba Portela, Painting

Madeleine Colaço

Ecole de samba Portela, 1974
38.6 x 76.8 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$ 8,922 $ 9,913

In time for Christmas
Juliette Jourdain, Day#117, Photography

Juliette Jourdain

Day#117, 2016
39.4 x 31.5 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$ 2,354

In time for Christmas
Viza, Aux armes, Print

Viza

Aux armes, 2020
15.7 x 11.8 x 0.1 inch
Print

$ 198

In time for Christmas
Hazel Soan, Corridors of Power, Painting

Hazel Soan

Corridors of Power, 2019
22 x 15 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$ 2,500

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In time for Christmas
Mairi Timoney, Passing V, Painting

Mairi Timoney

Passing V, 2018
15.7 x 15.7 inch
Painting

$ 1,177

In time for Christmas
Marie Benattar, Interstice #1, Photography

Marie Benattar

Interstice #1, 2010
35.4 x 35.4 x 1.2 inch
Photography

$ 5,948

In time for Christmas
Awena Cozannet, Mandorle sur fond rouge, Drawing

Awena Cozannet

Mandorle sur fond rouge, 2012
12.6 x 9.1 inch
Drawing

$ 805

In time for Christmas
Léa Bénétou, Détecter les Eléments Séparés, Painting

Léa Bénétou

Détecter les Eléments Séparés, 2017
7.9 x 7.9 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$ 434

In time for Christmas
Véronique Kraemer, Le Baiser, Painting

Véronique Kraemer

Le Baiser, 2018
19.7 x 15.7 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$ 855

In time for Christmas
Karenina Fabrizzi, January (3), Painting

Karenina Fabrizzi

January (3), 2018
59.1 x 59.1 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$ 2,664

In time for Christmas
Sounya Whang, Homme linge 6 Petit prince, Painting

Sounya Whang

Homme linge 6 Petit prince, 2020
31.5 x 23.6 x 0 inch
Painting

$ 1,487

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Jacqueline Schäfer, With my eyes closed, Painting

Jacqueline Schäfer

With my eyes closed, 2011
47.2 x 47.2 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$ 5,576

In time for Christmas
Jacqueline Schäfer, Portrait of a Pure Lifeforce, Painting

Jacqueline Schäfer

Portrait of a Pure Lifeforce, 2015
23.6 x 19.7 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$ 1,859

In time for Christmas
Feng Kaixuan, Cheveux d'Encre Peace, Photography

Feng Kaixuan

Cheveux d'Encre Peace, 2016
11.8 x 17.7 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$ 743

Feng Kaixuan, Don de soi II, Photography

Feng Kaixuan

Don de soi II, 2015
23.6 x 35.4 x 0.8 inch
Photography

$ 4,461

Miss Tic, La Solitude Est La Rançon De La Lucidité 1/7, Sculpture

Miss Tic

La Solitude Est La Rançon De La Lucidité 1/7, 2019
18.1 x 7.5 x 3.7 inch
Sculpture

$ 1,214

In time for Christmas
Charlotte Champion, Lapinou, Sculpture

Charlotte Champion

Lapinou, 2015
18.9 x 16.5 x 7.5 inch
Sculpture

$ 10,359

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In time for Christmas
Sophie Calle, Le nez Fr, Print

Sophie Calle

Le nez Fr, 2013
27.6 x 19.7 inch
Print

$ 446

In time for Christmas
Manuela Karin Knaut, No chocolate no saints, Painting

Manuela Karin Knaut

No chocolate no saints, 2020
47.2 x 59.1 inch
Painting

$ 4,337

In time for Christmas
Joanna Glazer, Star Girl, Painting

Joanna Glazer

Star Girl, 2020
31.5 x 23.6 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$ 245 $ 409

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In time for Christmas
Cécile Baldewyns, Fleurir, Photography

Cécile Baldewyns

Fleurir, 2019
29.5 x 19.7 x 0 inch
Photography

$ 1,115

In time for Christmas
Joanna Glazer, There is a Mistery Behind, Painting

Joanna Glazer

There is a Mistery Behind, 2006
31.5 x 23.6 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$ 245 $ 409

In time for Christmas
Juliette June, Hawea Lake, Painting

Juliette June

Hawea Lake, 2020
51.2 x 63.8 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$ 5,204

In time for Christmas
Paola Pivi, One love, Print

Paola Pivi

One love, 2013
19.7 x 27.6 inch
Print

$ 446

In time for Christmas
Hildegarde Handsaeme, Woman in Spring, Painting

Hildegarde Handsaeme

Woman in Spring, 2014
47.2 x 31.5 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$ 4,709

In time for Christmas
Muriel Bordier, Le cours particulier, Photography

Muriel Bordier

Le cours particulier, 2019
35.4 x 66.9 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$ 6,815

Sonia Alins, Leadership and Teamwork, Painting

Sonia Alins

Leadership and Teamwork, 2019
18.5 x 24.4 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$ 1,859

In time for Christmas
Alessandra Bisi, Fermo immagine, Painting

Alessandra Bisi

Fermo immagine, 2020
9.4 x 7.1 x 0.1 inch
Painting

$ 142

In time for Christmas
Pauline Di Valentin, Fire, Print

Pauline Di Valentin

Fire, 2020
23.4 x 16.5 x 0 inch
Print

$ 62

In time for Christmas
Pauline Di Valentin, Marble House, Drawing

Pauline Di Valentin

Marble House, 2019
25.6 x 19.7 x 0 inch
Drawing

$ 743

Sonia Alins, Brave, Print

Sonia Alins

Brave, 2020
16.9 x 16.9 x 0.1 inch
Print

$ 155

In time for Christmas
Francine Van Hove, Plaisirs du matin, Painting

Francine Van Hove

Plaisirs du matin, 2017
31.9 x 25.6 inch
Painting

$ 18,587

In time for Christmas
Mara Toledo, Cueillette de cacao, Painting

Mara Toledo

Cueillette de cacao, 2014
27.6 x 35.4 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$ 3,098

In time for Christmas
Francine Van Hove, Les deux belles, Painting

Francine Van Hove

Les deux belles, 2012
36.2 x 28.7 inch
Painting

$ 21,313

In time for Christmas
Eklektik, We Can Do It, Painting

Eklektik

We Can Do It, 2020
11.8 x 11.8 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$ 520

In time for Christmas
Julie Lagier, Bérénice, Photography

Julie Lagier

Bérénice, 2019
29.5 x 19.7 inch
Photography

$ 1,177

In time for Christmas
Eklektik, My Body My Choice, Painting

Eklektik

My Body My Choice, 2020
19.7 x 15.7 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$ 818

In time for Christmas
Eklektik, Coco, Painting

Eklektik

Coco, 2020
31.5 x 23.6 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$ 1,846

In time for Christmas
Julie Lagier, Garde-Robe, Photography

Julie Lagier

Garde-Robe, 2019
23.6 x 35.4 inch
Photography

$ 2,230

In time for Christmas
Catherine Sénéchal, Clin d’œil, Painting

Catherine Sénéchal

Clin d’œil, 2019
31.5 x 31.5 x 1 inch
Painting

$ 9,789

In time for Christmas
Laure Prouvost, Ideally this wall would melt under your gaze, Print

Laure Prouvost

Ideally this wall would melt under your gaze, 2016
23.6 x 17.7 inch
Print

$ 1,487

In time for Christmas
Juliana Wildner, Peonia Love Spring, Painting

Juliana Wildner

Peonia Love Spring, 2017
33.9 x 55.1 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$ 5,043

In time for Christmas
Annabelle Tattu, Pussy Riot, Painting

Annabelle Tattu

Pussy Riot, 2013
35.4 x 35.4 x 2 inch
Painting

$ 3,098

In time for Christmas
Adeline Spengler, Rainbow dream, Photography

Adeline Spengler

Rainbow dream, 2013
23.6 x 23.6 x 1.2 inch
Photography

$ 2,099

In time for Christmas
Alice de Miramon, Brazil, Painting

Alice de Miramon

Brazil, 2019
15.7 x 11.8 inch
Painting

$ 1,115

In time for Christmas
Joanne Freeman, Covers 24 Blue G Summer, Painting

Joanne Freeman

Covers 24 Blue G Summer, 2016
24 x 24 inch
Painting

$ 1,875 $ 2,083

In time for Christmas
Joanne Freeman, Covers 1 Red, Print

Joanne Freeman

Covers 1 Red, 2017
28 x 26 inch
Print

$ 1,597

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