Women Artists 1800 to 1920

Ref: C2419949

Artists, patrons and collectors: throughout the centuries, women have played an active role in the making of art. They are, however, lesser-known than their male counterparts. This course will address this difference in an attempt to raise the profile of women artists. We will focus on a period of social and artistic change: 1800 to 1920. This period saw a growing number of independent career women. In the art world, more and more women became professional artists and a number of them were at the forefront of artistic innovation. We will identify and analyse the challenges they had to face, as well as the contributions they have made to early developments of modern art. The artists we will study include Rosa Bonheur, Edmonia Lewis, Berthe Morisot, Paula Modersohn-Becker, Käthe Kollwitz, Sonia Delaunay, Natalya Goncharova, and many others.

Course aim

From Rosa Bonheur to Sonia Delaunay, this course explores the lives and careers of women artists between 1800 and 1920.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Name important women artists and situate them in the history of art
  • Describe some of the obstacles women artists had to overcome in this period
  • Describe and discuss how women artists became progressively more prominent in the art world and participated in the emergence of modern art

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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Women Artists 1800 to 1920

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  • 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 2018
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