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Heroic Women of the Art World
Heroic Women of the Art World

Heroic Women of the Art World



272 Pages, 7.5 x 9

Formats: Cloth

Cloth, $22.95 (US $22.95) (CA $30.95)

Publication Date: January 2020

ISBN 9781943431533

Rights: WOR

Tumblehome Learning, Inc. (Jan 2020)
Tumblehome, Inc.

Price: $22.95


Inspiring life stories of the world's most remarkable, and often overlooked, women artists—for mature teen readers

Other than a scattered few, women have not often been portrayed among the world's great artists, especially in books for young readers. This book begins to correct the omission, with portraits of fifteen daring women from the Renaissance to the present. Sofonisba Anguissola, the first documented female court painter, painted the queen of Spain. During the Renaissance, artist Artemisia Gentileschi took the man who assaulted her to court and won—then went on to build a career painting strong and often vengeful women from the Bible and mythology. Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun fled the French Revolution and supported her daughter and herself by painting portraits across Europe. Rose Bonheur frequented slaughterhouses to master animal anatomy. Berthe Morisot exhibited paintings with the Impressionists—and sold them. Augusta Savage fought racism and poverty to become a leading sculptor. Later women portrayed include an art restorer, an art detective, and a World War II spy who tracked and recovered the great art works of France. Then there are Frida Kahlo, fashion photographer Annie Leibovitz, Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid, and more. Their stories will inspire girls who want to find a place in the arts and girls who simply seek the courage to make their own voices heard in the world.


"An art historian profiles women artists who overcame adversity in order to achieve professional success. Some of the most accomplished women in the art world of the past five centuries faced difficulties, great and small, in the pursuit of their crafts. Despite their hardships, the women profiled in this book used their talents and left their marks. Each profile begins with a dramatic moment in the artist's life: meeting a queen, narrowly escaping the guillotine, surviving sexual assault by a teacher, and attending the 1939 New York World's Fair. The role of this seminal experience in the artist's life is then explained as the lens widens to describe the artist's family life, training, style, and impact on the art world. The artists' personal and professional lives are seamlessly entwined, and the personal fortitude of each woman is evident in the details of her story. Images of the artist and her work are included as well. While not everyone covered here triumphed during their lifetime—Augusta Savage stopped making art and lived in poverty, for example—their contributions to the world of art and culture and their examples as daring, passionate creatives are fascinating. The artists portrayed are diverse in ethnicity, nationality, sexuality, and their chosen media. Well-chosen and well-told, these artists' stories will inspire artists and nonartists alike." —Laura Simeon, Kirkus Reviews

Author Biography

Art historian Eugene Pool taught at two of the nation's most eminent private high schools. He has published poetry, middle-grade fiction, and a previous book on art history.