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Annie Kevans: Women and the History of Art

AnotherMag.com

Shut your eyes and picture an Impressionist painter. Do they have a beard and a wounded expression? Is there an exquisitely wrought depiction of a haystack at their elbow and a glass of vin rouge in their hand? Are they firmly ensconced in a Parisian café? Chances are, they are at least one of these things; what is most unlikely is that they are a woman.

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The Guardian

Why were so many female artists airbrushed from history?

By the time Virginia Woolf wrote, “For most of history, Anonymous was a woman,” the world was ready to recognise her for it, working as she was in an era when a few successful women at least could be celebrated by later generations. The same could not be said for Sofonisba Anguissola or Angelica Kauffman.

Kevans’s portraits, on oil-primed paper, with loose, thick lines, muted backgrounds and immediate, direct eyelines, are created from the few pictures that survive of these largely forgotten women.

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Images courtesy of The Fine Art Society