Category: women in art

Mary Hinkson (1925-2014) was a dancer and chor…

Mary
Hinkson
(1925-2014) was a dancer and choreographer,
best known for her collaboration with the Martha Graham Dance Company. She was
credited with breaking racial boundaries in ballet and modern dance.

She obtained formal training at the
University of Wisconsin and was recruited into Martha Graham’s company in 1951.
Two years later, she obtained the role of principal dancer in the production Bluebeard’s Castle. She was also a
teacher with the Juilliard School of Music and the Dance Theatre of Harlem.

Anna Hyatt Huntington (1876-1973) was one of t…

Anna Hyatt
Huntington
(1876-1973)
was one of the most important sculptors working in New York City. She was the
author of the first public monument in the city created by a woman.

She had a thriving career and was mostly
known for her animal sculptures, which are now on display in many places across
the United States, including for example Columbia University, Central Park and
the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Her statue of Joan of Arc was the first
monument in New York dedicated to a woman in history.

Aasta Hansteen (1824-1908) was a writer, paint…

Aasta Hansteen (1824-1908) was a
writer, painter and feminist from Norway. She was famous for her work even
during her lifetime, and at one point was the only portrait artist in Oslo.

In addition to painting, she wrote for newspapers
and contributed to the women’s rights movement in her country, as an active
member of the Norwegian Association for Women’s Rights.

Mary Brewster Hazelton (1868-1953) was a paint…

Mary Brewster Hazelton
(1868-1953) was a
painter, specializing in portraiture. She was a founding member of the
Wellesley Society of Arts and the first ever recipient of the Hallgarten Prize
from the National Academy of Design.

She studied at the School of the Museum of Fine
Arts in Boston and was the first traveling scholar of the organization, going
to perfect her work across Europe. Her winning the Hallgarten Prize in 1896
marked the first time a woman had ever won a non-gender specific award.

Above: Two
Sisters at a Piano
, 1894

Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986) is known as ‘the …

Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986) is known as ‘the mother
of American modernism’. She was a highly influential artist, known for her
paintings of flowers, along with landscapes of New York and New Mexico.

She studied at the School of Art Institute of
Chicago, where she was top of her class. Her paintings and charcoal drawings helped
establish the American modernist movement at the beginning of the twentieth
century. In 1946 she became the first female artist to have a retrospective at
the Museum of Modern Art.

Mary Moser (1744-1819) was an English painter …

Mary Moser (1744-1819) was
an English painter known for her portraits and floral paintings. She was one of
the two female founding members of the Royal Academy in 1768.

She began
painting at an early age and won her first Society of Arts medal when she was
14. After her death, the next female member elected to the Royal Academy was Laura
Knight in 1936, more than a century later.

Ida Rubinstein (1883-1960) was a Russian dance…

Ida
Rubinstein
(1883-1960) was a Russian dancer, and an important figure of the Belle
Époque. She was highly influential in the art and eventually formed her own
company.

She debuted in 1908, and was part of the Ballets Russes for a few years.
She formed her own company in 1911 and used her wealth to become a patron of
the arts. In 1934, she was awarded the Légion d’honneur by the French government,
followed by the Grand Cross of the Légion – its highest honour – in 1939.

Elizabeth Blackadder (1931-present, British) -…

Elizabeth Blackadder (1931-present, British) – The Great Cat:

Elizabeth
Blackadder
(b. 1931) is a Scottish painter whose favourite subjects are nature,
flowers and cats. She is the first woman elected to the Royal Scottish Academy
as well as to the Royal Academy.

She studied and then taught at the Edinburgh College of Art. Her work is
exhibited at the Tate Gallery and Museum of Modern Art in New York, among
others.

Phoebe Anna Traquair (1852-1936) was an Irish …

Phoebe Anna Traquair (1852-1936) was an Irish artist who achieved prominence for her work during the Arts and Crafts movement in Scotland. Her work varied from large murals to embroidery.

One of her most celebrated works are the murals she created for the church now known as the Mansfield Traquair centre, which has been called ‘the Sistine Chapel of Edinburgh’. She was elected as the first female member of the Royal Scottish Academy in 1920.

Above: Self-portrait, 1911, and Salvation of Mankind, 1886-1893

Martha Graham (1894-1991) was a dancer and cho…

Martha Graham (1894-1991) was a dancer and choreographer whose techniques shaped modern dance. She was the first dancer to perform at the White House and served as a cultural ambassador for the United States.

Driven by the desire to make dance an art form, she established the Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance in 1926. Her pioneering techniques are still taught and used widely today. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1976.