Art should not depend on gender, nationality, or race. Women artists could not fully express themselves until the beginning of the last century. Such a situation happened due to the patriarchal structure of society and certain social functions. But women have always struggled for their rights. In the 21st century, ladies are free to express themselves: they have the right to study, work, paint and show their talents.
Georg Baselitz, the German painter, once said that female painters would never reach their male colleagues’ level. Well, let’s take a look at several brilliant artists together to bust those myths and forget old social attitudes.
Frida Kahlo is an outstanding woman in the world of art. The Mexican artist suffered a lot in her life, but that experience became her inspiration. Frida’s self-portraits are full of pain from many surgeries and ailments, saturated with a problematic marriage with her beloved man, and decorated with bright colors of the Mexican culture. Her artistic style, echoing surrealism, is the special highlight in her work: “Without Hope”, “The Wounded Deer”, “Roots”, “Diego and I”.
“The most powerful art in life is to transform pain into a healing talisman. A butterfly is reborn, blossomed into a colorful party!”
Artemisia Gentileschi became the first woman to be admitted to the Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze in Florence. She struggled for her right to be an artist in the seventeenth century. As soon as she was eligible to be a painter, she created numerous artworks. Like Frida Kahlo, Artemisia experienced horrific events at a young age. If the Mexican artist began to paint, sublimating the torment from ailments and love, Gentileschi depicted her pain after having been raped: “Judith Slaying Holofernes”, “Susanna and the Elders”, “Lucretia”.
Georgia Totto O’Keeffe is a great artist and the “Mother of American modernism”. Her trademark is exceptional attention to detail and a special style in painting and clothing. She has created a personal brand that has become an artistic expression with its aesthetics and program. Georgia painted enlarged flowers, pristine nature, skyscrapers, and animal bones. “I realized that I had things in my head not like what I had been taught – not like what I had seen – shapes and ideas so familiar to me that it hadn’t occurred to me to put them down.” Paintings by O’Keeffe: “Black Iris”, “Red Canna”, “Blue and Green Music”, “Black Place”.
These great artists became examples of perseverance, creativity, and hard work for many women. They are also muses and spiritual teachers of art for Veronika Kyrychenko. She sincerely hopes that the community of women artists will grow and create a large exhibition! Veronika has prepared some paintings for such an event. The world should discover new women artists!