Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Lady Artists

Of the Old Regime.
During much of the 18th century in France, female painters defied the usual constraints on their gender and thrived among the kings, queens and nobles soon to lose their heads. This is the surprising subject of an exhibition at Washington's National Museum of Women in the Arts. "Royalists to Romantics: Women Artists from the Louvre, Versailles and other French National Collections" focuses on 35 female artists with some 77 paintings, prints and sculptures dating from 1750 to 1850, many of which have never been on display in the U.S. The exhibition ends July 29.

"We tend to think of revolutions as being universally good and opening all boundaries all the time," says Laura Auricchio, chairwoman of humanities and associate professor of art history at the New School in New York. But in this case, it was the monarchy that gave women more of a chance to have professional careers, NMWA chief curator Jordana Pomeroy adds. (Read entire article.)

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