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Women 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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Juliette Jourdain, Day#117, Photography

Juliette Jourdain

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

$ 2,309

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

$ 66,844

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

$ 5,591

Catherine Balet, Looking for the Masters in Ricardo's Golden Shoes #40 (Tribute to Robert Doisneau, Les Pains de Picasso, 1952), Photography

Catherine Balet

Looking for the Masters in Ricardo's Golden Shoes #40 (Tribute to Robert Doisneau, Les Pains de Picasso, 1952), 2016
27.6 x 21.7 x 1.6 inch
Photography

$ 2,552

Pauline Di Valentin, Marble House, Drawing

Pauline Di Valentin

Marble House, 2019
25.6 x 19.7 x 0 inch
Drawing

$ 729

Juliana Wildner, Peonia Love Spring, Painting

Juliana Wildner

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

$ 4,946

Jana Lottenburger, Curricula (noir 1+2), Print

Jana Lottenburger

Curricula (noir 1+2), 2013
13.4 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch
Print

$ 826

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

$ 1,215

Astrid Dahl, Corycium, Sculpture

Astrid Dahl

Corycium, 2019
16.9 x 24.4 x 24.4 inch
Sculpture

$ 7,292

Grace Butcher Napangardi, Pikilyi Jukurrpa (Vaughan Springs Dreaming), Painting

Grace Butcher Napangardi

Pikilyi Jukurrpa (Vaughan Springs Dreaming), 2018
35.8 x 24 inch
Painting

$ 2,674

Madeleine Colaço, Ecole de samba Portela, Painting

Madeleine Colaço

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

$ 9,723

Alice de Miramon, Brazil, Painting

Alice de Miramon

Brazil, 2019
15.7 x 11.8 inch
Painting

$ 1,094

Alice de Miramon, Caroline, Painting

Alice de Miramon

Caroline, 2019
9.1 x 6.7 inch
Painting

$ 462

Our recommendations Sophie Calle, Le nez Fr, Print

Sophie Calle

Le nez Fr, 2013
27.6 x 19.7 inch
Print

$ 438

Leslie Berthet Laval, N°27 - Cité Urbaine, Painting

Leslie Berthet Laval

N°27 - Cité Urbaine, 2019
31.5 x 31.5 inch
Painting

$ 3,111

Francine Van Hove, Les deux belles, Painting

Francine Van Hove

Les deux belles, 2012
36.2 x 28.7 inch
Painting

$ 20,904

Marine Kerbidi, Hands, Photography

Marine Kerbidi

Hands, 2016
15.7 x 23.6 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$ 365

Adeline Spengler, Rainbow dream, Photography

Adeline Spengler

Rainbow dream, 2013
23.6 x 23.6 x 1.2 inch
Photography

$ 2,059

Marine Kerbidi, Scène de rue malgache, Photography

Marine Kerbidi

Scène de rue malgache, 2014
15.7 x 23.6 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$ 365

Marine Kerbidi, Vue du Barachois, Photography

Marine Kerbidi

Vue du Barachois, 2016
23.6 x 35.4 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$ 365

Paola Pivi, One love, Print

Paola Pivi

One love, 2013
19.7 x 27.6 inch
Print

$ 438

Carole Benichou, Eyes, Painting

Carole Benichou

Eyes, 2017
39.4 x 39.4 inch
Painting

$ 5,348

Charlotte Abecassis, Nature morte, Painting

Charlotte Abecassis

Nature morte, 2010
16.5 x 22 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$ 1,580

Irene Cruz, Drowning in Blue XVII, Photography

Irene Cruz

Drowning in Blue XVII, 2018
15.7 x 23.6 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$ 1,276

Annabelle Tattu, Pussy Riot, Painting

Annabelle Tattu

Pussy Riot, 2013
35.4 x 35.4 x 2 inch
Painting

$ 3,038

Maite Diniz, La traversée, Painting

Maite Diniz

La traversée, 2016
31.5 x 23.6 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$ 1,094

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

$ 2,917

Angélique, White Spirit III, Photography

Angélique

White Spirit III, 2005
19.7 x 15.7 inch
Photography

$ 1,823

Angélique, Vanité, Photography

Angélique

Vanité, 1994
23.6 x 23.6 inch
Photography

$ 1,823

Our recommendations Rosette Bir, Sans titre, Sculpture

Rosette Bir

Sans titre, 1980
13.4 x 14.2 x 7.5 inch
Sculpture

$ 2,917

Juliette Lemontey, Sans titre, Painting

Juliette Lemontey

Sans titre, 2018
76.8 x 51.2 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$ 7,535

Isa Marcelli, Parfums #2, Photography

Isa Marcelli

Parfums #2, 2011
18.5 x 14.2 inch
Photography

$ 2,127

Aïcha Snoussi, Anticodexxx, Drawing

Aïcha Snoussi

Anticodexxx, 2017
6.7 x 8.7 x 0.4 inch
Drawing

$ 972

Annick Bouvattier, Pétales, Painting

Annick Bouvattier

Pétales, 2017
47.2 x 47.2 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$ 8,750

Yihong Hsu, Identity 1, Painting

Yihong Hsu

Identity 1, 2020
35.4 x 27.6 x 1.2 inch
Painting

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Karishma D'Souza, Tiles, Painting

Karishma D'Souza

Tiles, 2011
17.9 x 17.9 inch
Painting

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Maria Torp, Rivers and Red Nails, Print

Maria Torp

Rivers and Red Nails, 2013
23.6 x 31.5 x 1.6 inch
Print

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Jennyfer Grassi, Les fleurs le manque, Painting

Jennyfer Grassi

Les fleurs le manque, 2018
78.7 x 118.1 x 2 inch
Painting

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Mdauteuil, Seul dans sa catégorie / Alone in his Category, Painting

Mdauteuil

Seul dans sa catégorie / Alone in his Category, 2017
9.8 x 9.8 x 4.7 inch
Painting

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