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This 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 contributions to visual culture since the Middle Ages have often been neglected, Whitney Chadwick's survey reexamines the works themselves and the ways in which they have been perceived as marginal, often in direct reference to gender. In her discussion of feminism and its influence on such a reappraisal, the author also addresses the closely related issues of ethnicity, class, and sexuality. This expanded edition incorporates recent developments in contemporary art. Chadwick addresses the turn toward autobiography in much recent women's art. She considers issues such as the personal versus the political and the private versus the public, and analyzes the differences between women's art today and the seminal feminist work of the 1970s and 1980s.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Art History and the Woman Artist
The Middle Ages
The Renaissance Ideal
The Other Renaissance
Domestic Genres and Women Painters in Northern Europe
Amateurs and Academics: A New Ideology of Femininity in France and England
Sex, Class, and Power in Victorian England
Toward Utopia: Moral Reform and American Art in the Nineteenth Century
Separate but Unequal: Woman's Sphere and the New Art
Modernism, Abstraction, and the New Woman, 1910-25
Modernist Representation: The Female Body
Gender, Race, and Modernism after the Second World War
Feminist Art in North America and Great Britain
New Directions: A Partial Overview
Worlds Together, Worlds Apart
A Place to Grow: Personal Visions, Global Concerns, 2000-06
Bibliography and Sources
List of Illustrations
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