This one is for people who like to take a deep dive into art history. I found it through an interlibrary loan search and it’s a keeper! For those of you who want to continue learning about women artists in history, I recommend Broad Strokes, by Bridget Quinn.
The full title is Broad Strokes: 15 Women Who Made Art and Made History (In That Order). It’s an interesting read with examples of their work as well as stories about how their work was received during their lives and after. It’s an compelling glance at art history through the lens of women and their work and how they fit in (or didn’t) the art world.
I have to admit that when I first got this book, I wasn’t sure what I thought. However, once I started reading it I was hooked. I like the way Quinn puts the life and work of the women in context with life for women in their time. I also like how she talks about how their work was viewed later and why.
Quinn peppers each chapter with relevant snippets from her own life as related to the theme. I love the way she weaves art history, women’s experiences and her own stories throughout the book.
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