Whitney Chadwick’s acclaimed study challenges the assumption that great women artists are exceptions to the rule, who ‘transcended’ their sex to produce major works of art. While acknowledging the many women whose contribution to visual culture since the Middle Ages have often been neglected, Chadwick’s survey amounts to much more than an alternative canon of women artists: it re-examines the works themselves and the ways in which they have been perceived as marginal, often in direct reference to gender. In her disussion of feminism and its influence on such a reappraisal, the author also addresses the closely related issues of ethnicity, class and sexuality.
With a new preface and epilogue from an exciting new authority on the history of women artists, this revised edition continues the project of charting the evolution of feminist art history and pedagogy in recent years, revealing how artists have responded to new strategies of feminism for the current moment.
Table of Contents
Foreword • Preface • Preface to the Fifth Edition • Introduction: Art History and the Woman Artist • 1. The Middle Ages • 2. The Renaissance Ideal Chapter • 3. The Other Renaissance • 4. Domestic Genres and Women Painters in Northern Europe • 5. Amateurs and Academics: A New Ideology of Femininity in France and England • 6. Sex, Class, and Power in Victorian England • 7. Toward Utopia: Moral Reform and American Art in the Nineteenth Century • 8. Separate but Unequal: Woman’s Sphere and the New Art • 9. Modernism, Abstraction, and the New Woman • 10. Modernist Representation: The Female Body • 11. Gender, Race, and Modernism after the Second World War • 12. Feminist Art in North America and Great Britain • 13. New Directions: A Partial Overview • 14. Worlds Together, Worlds Apart • 15. A Place to Grow: Personal Visions, Global Concerns • 16. The Enduring Legacy of Feminism • Epilogue, Bibliography and Sources