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Women Artists

For much of art history, 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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Our recommendations Jacqueline Schäfer, With my eyes closed, Painting

Jacqueline Schäfer

With my eyes closed, 2011
120 x 120 x 4 cm
Painting

$5,336

Our recommendations Paola Pivi, Untitled (Zebras), Print

Paola Pivi

Untitled (Zebras), 2013
50 x 70 cm
Print

$427

Laura Makabresku, Lovers (Amants), Photography

Laura Makabresku

Lovers (Amants), 2014
60 x 40 cm
Photography

$919

Zhana Mitkova, A Trip to Greece, Print

Zhana Mitkova

A Trip to Greece, 2020
30 x 40 cm
Print

$130

Eve Grenet, Fleurs du silence, Painting

Eve Grenet

Fleurs du silence, 2020
65 x 54 x 2 cm
Painting

$1,115

Estelle Hanania, Last Parade, Photography

Estelle Hanania

Last Parade, 2015
56 x 41 x 1 cm
Photography

$356

Béatrice Migliore, La lune de mars, Painting

Béatrice Migliore

La lune de mars, 2020
60 x 73 x 2 cm
Painting

$2,371

Our recommendations Amor de Agua, La sagesse dans les branches, Painting

Amor de Agua

La sagesse dans les branches, 2019
120 x 108 cm
Painting

$1,067

Our recommendations Anne Quémar, Sur la Terre, Painting

Anne Quémar

Sur la Terre, 2010
100 x 100 cm
Painting

$4,565

Pauline Bailly, L'appel de la lune, Painting

Pauline Bailly

L'appel de la lune, 2019
26 x 26 x 0.1 cm
Painting

$522

Valérie Donzelli, De Myrha à Babylone - Le Panama, Photography

Valérie Donzelli

De Myrha à Babylone - Le Panama, 2015
50 x 50 cm
Photography

$711

Sabrina Ratté, Radiances VI, Print

Sabrina Ratté

Radiances VI, 2017
58 x 100 x 0.2 cm
Print

$3,130

Fabienne Auzolle, Alchimy, Sculpture

Fabienne Auzolle

Alchimy, 2018
120 x 120 x 20 cm
Sculpture

$14,110

Laina Hadengue, Eve, Painting

Laina Hadengue

Eve, 1995
118 x 58 x 2 cm
Painting

$11,264

Isabelle Del-Piano, Fauteuil jaune, Painting

Isabelle Del-Piano

Fauteuil jaune, 2018
61 x 50 x 2 cm
Painting

$2,869

Agnès Godard, My Favorite Dance - Série 1 #2, Photography

Agnès Godard

My Favorite Dance - Série 1 #2, 2015
39 x 29 cm
Photography

$1,423

Joanna Glazer, There is a Mistery Behind, Painting

Joanna Glazer

There is a Mistery Behind, 2006
80 x 60 x 2 cm
Painting

$590 $1,180

Our recommendations Sophie Calle, Le nez Fr, Print

Sophie Calle

Le nez Fr, 2013
70 x 50 cm
Print

$427

Juliette June, Hawea Lake, Painting

Juliette June

Hawea Lake, 2020
130 x 162 x 4 cm
Painting

$4,980

Joanne Freeman, Covers 24 Blue G Summer, Painting

Joanne Freeman

Covers 24 Blue G Summer, 2016
61 x 61 cm
Painting

$2,104

Âme Sauvage, Coeur et plaisir, Painting

Âme Sauvage

Coeur et plaisir, 2019
30 x 30 x 2 cm
Painting

$178

Hildegarde Handsaeme, Woman in Spring, Painting

Hildegarde Handsaeme

Woman in Spring, 2014
120 x 80 x 4 cm
Painting

$4,506

Waleria Matelska, A revolutionist, Painting

Waleria Matelska

A revolutionist, 2020
18 x 15 cm
Painting

$296

Pauline Di Valentin, Marble House, Fine Art Drawings

Pauline Di Valentin

Marble House, 2019
65 x 50 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$711

Hazel Soan, Corridors of Power, Painting

Hazel Soan

Corridors of Power, 2019
56 x 38 x 1 cm
Painting

$2,525

Joëlle Rousselet, Paysage d'âme, Painting

Joëlle Rousselet

Paysage d'âme, 2019
70 x 50 x 0.4 cm
Painting

$1,482

Florine Maes, Coral, Painting

Florine Maes

Coral, 2019
30 x 41 x 1 cm
Painting

$427

Monica Denevan, Island, Photography

Monica Denevan

Island, 2011
40 x 50 cm
Photography

$1,718

Charlotte Abecassis, Nature morte, Painting

Charlotte Abecassis

Nature morte, 2010
42 x 56 x 1 cm
Painting

$1,541

Angélique, White Spirit III, Photography

Angélique

White Spirit III, 2005
50 x 40 cm
Photography

$1,779

Alessandra Bisi, Fermo immagine, Painting

Alessandra Bisi

Fermo immagine, 2020
24 x 18 x 0.2 cm
Painting

$136

Lisa Beck, Corona, Painting

Lisa Beck

Corona, 2014
43 x 53 cm
Painting

$4,743

Sabine Finkenauer, L'arbre, Print

Sabine Finkenauer

L'arbre, 2015
40 x 30 cm
Print

$296

Astrid Dahl, Corycium, Sculpture

Astrid Dahl

Corycium, 2019
43 x 62 x 62 cm
Sculpture

$7,114

Sounya Whang, Pêcheur du rêve et son chat, Painting

Sounya Whang

Pêcheur du rêve et son chat, 2019
50 x 65 x 0.1 cm
Painting

$960

Sonia Delaunay, Untitled, Print

Sonia Delaunay

Untitled, 1966
64 x 45 x 0.2 cm
Print

$2,846

Adeline Spengler, Rainbow dream, Photography

Adeline Spengler

Rainbow dream, 2013
60 x 60 x 3 cm
Photography

$2,009

Feng Kaixuan, Don de soi II, Photography

Feng Kaixuan

Don de soi II, 2015
60 x 90 x 2 cm
Photography

$4,269

Viktoria Ganhao, Reflection, Painting

Viktoria Ganhao

Reflection, 2019
30 x 30 x 2 cm
Painting

$225

Our recommendations Mairi Timoney, Passing V, Painting

Mairi Timoney

Passing V, 2018
40 x 40 cm
Painting

$1,126

Our recommendations Ewelina Skowronska, Rosy Fingered Moon, Print

Ewelina Skowronska

Rosy Fingered Moon, 2020
90 x 112 x 0.1 cm
Print

$1,304

Maria Esmar, Sophisticated, Painting

Maria Esmar

Sophisticated, 2020
122 x 122 x 4 cm
Painting

$4,031

Manuela Karin Knaut, You and me, Painting

Manuela Karin Knaut

You and me, 2019
150 x 120 x 2 cm
Painting

$4,980

Dasha Pears, Fly, Photography

Dasha Pears

Fly, 2018
52 x 50 x 0.1 cm
Photography

$925

Juliette Jourdain, Day#117, Photography

Juliette Jourdain

Day#117, 2016
100 x 80 x 1 cm
Photography

$2,253

Our recommendations Rosette Bir, Sans titre, Sculpture

Rosette Bir

Sans titre, 1980
34 x 36 x 19 cm
Sculpture

$2,846

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
70 x 55 x 4 cm
Photography

$2,490

Julia Beyer, Bigger Than Us, Photography

Julia Beyer

Bigger Than Us, 2017
40 x 40 x 1 cm
Photography

$593

Léa Bénétou, Détecter les Eléments Séparés, Painting

Léa Bénétou

Détecter les Eléments Séparés, 2017
20 x 20 x 1 cm
Painting

$415

Clare Marie Bailey, The Journey I, Photography

Clare Marie Bailey

The Journey I, 2019
40 x 40 x 0.1 cm
Photography

$534

Joyce Arimatsu, Standing nude with hands on shoulder, Fine Art Drawings

Joyce Arimatsu

Standing nude with hands on shoulder, 2016
59 x 42 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$771

Laure Prouvost, Ideally this wall would melt under your gaze, Print

Laure Prouvost

Ideally this wall would melt under your gaze, 2016
60 x 45 cm
Print

$1,423

Svetlana Melik-Nubarova, The Deer Hunter, Photography

Svetlana Melik-Nubarova

The Deer Hunter, 2018
50.8 x 40.6 cm
Photography

$949

Nathalie Maquet, Entrelacée 7, Painting

Nathalie Maquet

Entrelacée 7, 2018
100 x 80 x 4 cm
Painting

$1,838

Cannibal Malabar, Blue 01 Neon collection, Painting

Cannibal Malabar

Blue 01 Neon collection, 2019
100 x 70 x 3 cm
Painting

$2,016

Muriel Bordier, Les îles, série White Cure, Photography

Muriel Bordier

Les îles, série White Cure, 2018
100 x 150 cm
Photography

$6,521

Anne Quémar, La Terrasse, Painting

Anne Quémar

La Terrasse, 2015
100 x 100 cm
Painting

$4,565

B Luna, Satellite view, Painting

B Luna

Satellite view, 2010
100.5 x 73 x 2.5 cm
Painting

$1,186

Léa Dedieu, Pivoine Coeur soleil Édition, Print

Léa Dedieu

Pivoine Coeur soleil Édition, 2020
42 x 29.7 x 0.1 cm
Print

$142

Virginie Schroeder, Sensualité inavouée, Painting

Virginie Schroeder

Sensualité inavouée, 2017
76 x 76 x 2 cm
Painting

$3,439

Sandra Carvajal Starling, Endorfin, Painting

Sandra Carvajal Starling

Endorfin, 2021
120 x 80 x 2 cm
Painting

$3,320

Anne-Sarah Le Meur, Rosebing_07, Print

Anne-Sarah Le Meur

Rosebing_07, 2018
76 x 88 x 0.5 cm
Print

$2,846

Raquel Pellicano, Memories 2, Photography

Raquel Pellicano

Memories 2, 2014
15.33 x 23 x 0.1 cm
Photography

$196

Alice de Miramon, Brazil, Painting

Alice de Miramon

Brazil, 2019
40 x 30 cm
Painting

$1,423

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