A Year of Creating Dangerously, Day 87: Women, Artistically Speaking

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Henri Matisse, Portrait of Lydia Delectorska

I’ve been thinking about women a lot lately. Nothing to worry about, that’s fairly normal for me. Plus, the month of March includes International Women’s Day. We also saw the “Day Without Women” protest transpire this month. It got me thinking about Art Without Women. Frankly (and ironically), that’s almost unthinkable. Women have been the muse and subject matter of so many artists throughout the centuries that it would be impossible to consider the history of art without them.

Of course, in art, as in all other areas of society women have been objectified. But I believe art, for the most part, has helped to give a profound and significant image of women, one that reaches far beyond the superficial. There are countless examples of works that show women in so many facets: tender, strong, intelligent, fierce, graceful, vulnerable, soft, resilient, powerful, beautiful, compassionate and creative. All in all, art has served to present a true representation of the feminine spirit. As a man, I know art in its many forms has helped me to gain a greater appreciation for women in a society that still has a long way to go to reach full equality.

So, in praise and honor of women, I give you a gallery of images of women in art, some famous, some not-so-much. These are all simply of my choosing. I am sure there are better and more comprehensive lists and galleries than this.  But I offer them as a part of my perspective.

A world without women would be a pathetic place. Art without women? Well, it would be even more pathetic still.

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Leonardo da Vinci, Mona Lisa

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Frida Kahlo, Self Portrait with Necklace

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Edouard Manet, Berthe Morisot with a Bouquet of Violets

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Mary Cassatt, Woman with Child

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Claude Monet, Madame Monet and Child

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Edgar Degas, Dancers at the Barre

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Albert Marquet, Standing Nude

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Mary Cassatt, The Long Gloves

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Edouard Manet, A Bar at the Folies-Bergere

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Pablo Picasso, The Dream

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Paul Klee, Women Harvesting

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Vincent Van Gogh, Young Peasant Woman in Straw Hat

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Edgar Degas, After the Bath

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Albert Marquet, Portrait of Marcelle Marquet

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Paul Gauguin, Tahitian Women on the Beach

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Johannes Vermeer, Woman in Blue Reading a Letter

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Edgar Degas, Women Ironing

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Henri Matisse, Women with Hat

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Andy Warhol, Ingrid Bergman with Hat

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Henri de Toulouse-Latrec, Portrait of Suzanne Valadon

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Claude Monet, Woman with Parasol

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Henri de Toulouse-Latrec, Young Woman at the Table

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Johannes Vermeer, Girl with the Pearl Earring

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