Women artists : an illustrated history / Nancy G. Heller.

by Heller, NancyLooking glass.

Publisher: New York ; Abbeville Press, [1997]Edition: Third edition.Description: 280 pages : illustrations (some colour), portraits (some colour) ; 28 cm.ISBN: 0789203456.Subject(s): Women artistsLooking glassNote: Previous ed.: 1991.Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 268-273) and index.
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Women Artists provides visual material on the subject, with several new international artists added to bring the content up to the minute.

Previous ed.: 1991.

Includes bibliographical references (pages 268-273) and index.

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Library Journal Review

Written in a straightforward style, this survey of women artists from the Renaissance to the present is accessible to readers with knowledge of art history. The text consists of brief biographical sketches and accounts of the careers of 125 women artists. The personal and professional obstacles faced by these women are a unifying theme. One or occasionally two works by each artist are illustrated by good color photographs. Although the presentations are short and often superficial, this book can serve as a reference or an introduction to the work of major women artists. Suitable for high school students and general readers. Kathryn W. Finkelstein, M.L.S., Cincinnati (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Publishers Weekly Review

That women artists were influential in nearly every phase of Western art becomes evident from this engrossing study. In our century, Sonia Delaunay, Paula Modersohn-Becker and Natalya Goncharova helped shape modern ``-isms.'' Berthe Morisot and Mary Cassatt were in the forefront of the impressionists' fight to change the nature of painting. Realistic scenes of 19th century working-class life by French genre painter Francoise Duparc were revolutionary for her time. Ranging from the Italian Fede Galizia, a pioneer of still-life painting, to American sculptor Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney and photorealist Audrey Flack, this survey scans the contributions of scores of women artists whose works generally have been neglected or downplayed. Among the histories of women artists currently available, this one stands out for its unsurpassed color reproductions. Heller, who lectures on art in Washington, D.C., writes here about the obstacles creative women have faced from the Renaissance to the present. (November) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


On its initial publication Women Artists in 1987 (CH, Jan'88) was lauded as a readable narrative for scholar and novice alike, as a usable text for classes in art history and women's studies departments, and as a major source for color reproductions of paintings and sculpture by women. This new revised edition contains a seventh chapter, entitled, "New Currents," that documents the significant achievements of women artists from 1980 to the present. Organized in a similar manner to the earlier chapters, this contemporary study presents the works of painters, sculptors, and performance artists and provides extensive notes and bibliographic citations as well as color reproductions of works and portraits of the artists. Women Artists remains the most informative text in the field.-L. Doumato, National Gallery of Art

Other editions of this work

No cover image available Stuart Davis / by Wilkin, Karen, ©1987
No cover image available Women artists : by Heller, Nancy ©1987