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Women’s History Month: Artists by Tracy Dodge
Thursday, March 8, 2012, 1:40 pm
Filed under: books, children

March is Arts Education Month and it is also Women’s History Month. Celebrate women in the arts by learning about these famous women artists.

Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) was a Mexican artist known for her self-portraits and autobiographical paintings. Drawing inspiration from personal events in her life and incorporating elements of Mexican folk art and bold color, her work is often dramatic and emotional. “I never painted dreams,” she said. “I painted my own reality.”

Mary Cassatt (1845-1926) was an American expatriate in France where she said, “Women do not have to fight for recognition here if they do serious work.” She was influenced by Impressionism and Japanese prints, and is well known for her paintings of mothers and children, and her use of light and angle of vision.

Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986) was an American painter known for her desert landscapes. Her work is considered a primary example of representational expressionalism, yet her style transcends any one genre, and her paintings of flowers and landscapes with their subtle use of color continue to be popular today.

Grandma Moses (1860-1961) was an American artist who began doing primitive paintings late in life. She depicted a country lifestyle she remembered from childhood, evoking nostalgia for America’s rural past. Her positive outlook led her to paint only “pretty things,” saying, “What’s the use of painting a picture if it isn’t nice?”

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