Discover two pioneering women artists

Gilles Farina
Publié le 15 June 2023
Discover two pioneering women artists

As in all fields, sexism has left its mark on the world of art. Women have fought for centuries to obtain the same rights as men in the artistic domain. Painting and sculpture were considered genres reserved for women as muses. Museum TV offers to pay tribute to two pioneering women artists who defied sexism in art.

Berthe Morisot

Berthe Morisot was an emblematic figure of Impressionism in the 19th century. Indeed, she stood out as one of the few women of her time to assert herself in an artistic field largely dominated by men. Let us remember the names of Manet, Degas, Monet, or Renoir!

Thus, the artist dedicated a significant part of her work to painting scenes from everyday life. Let us remember her portraits and landscapes depicted with unique delicacy and sensitivity. Despite the prejudices and obstacles she faced, Berthe Morisot succeeded in exhibiting alongside her male counterparts and was respected by her contemporaries.

In the art world of the time, women were often confined to depicting children, women, or family scenes. However, Berthe Morisot contributed to demonstrating that women artists were fully capable of shining and expressing themselves, just like the Impressionist works that illuminated that period.

Marie Laurencin

Marie Laurencin in 1949

She was a visionary and remarkably influential artist in the early 20th-century Fauvist and Cubist movements. Indeed, Marie Laurencin developed a unique style characterized by pastel colors and gentle forms. She is often remembered for her depictions of female figures. In an art world still largely dominated by men, Marie Laurencin managed to assert her style and highlight her femininity.

Thus, bold and talented women artists have succeeded in breaking gender barriers. Sexism in art is receding over the decades. By bringing unique perspectives and a fresh vision, they have paved the way for greater equality in the art world. Their contributions have laid the foundation for the ongoing pursuit of equality in the field of art today.

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