19th Century Women Artists

Ref: C2423015

During this day-school we will study women artists who worked in Western Europe (mostly Paris) throughout the 19th century, from Rosa Bonheur and Elizabeth Thompson to Berthe Morisot and Camille Claudel. We will consider how they could train, exhibit and sell their works. We will look at the subject matters they represented and the style in which they did so. We will see how they were considered by their peers and the reviewers, and we will reflect upon the obstacles they had to overcome to become professional artists.

Course aim

How was it to be a woman and an artist in a 19th-century capital such as Paris? We will answer this question while considering the art and life of Rosa Bonheur, Berthe Morisot and many others.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Name several women artists from the 19th century (i.e. more than you could before this class)
  • Explain how women, in the 19th century, could become artists and achieve recognition as professional artists

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?


Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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19th Century Women Artists


This course is funded by the Greater London Combined Authority but is also open to residents of other areas.

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2021
  • You declare that the address you provide is correct and that you will provide evidence of this and your eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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