Women artists between the Wars

'A fair field and no favour'

By Katy Deepwell

Women artists between the Wars

Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-8080-7
  • Pages: 384
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £80.00
  • Published Date: August 2010
  • BIC Category: Art History, Modernism, History of art, Early 20th century c 1900 to c 1950, ART / History / Modern (late 19th Century to 1945), The arts / Art & design styles: c 1900 to c 1960


Starting with a critique of existing methodologies and histories of the period, this book examines the production of women artists, looking at different areas and aspects of their activities, and particularly contrasting the lives of different generations of women artists. Many of these women's names or their works are not familiar in art histories of the twentieth century. The book analyses how women artists' presence which was consistently one third of the artists in many major exhibiting groups became less than 10% of the museum purchases and in art historical texts for this period. Comparisons are made between the opportunities presented to women artists and those of their male peers in the light of considerable change and restructuring within the art world in Britain during this period, principally due to the growing influence of modernism in the art market.


List of abbreviations
List of illustrations
1. British art history, methodologies and the structural
2. Histories, careers and artists' lives
3. Women in the major exhibiting groups of the inter-war years
4. Women artists' exhibiting groups of the inter-war years
5. Abstraction, social realism and surrealism in the 1920s and 1930s
6. Feminist contentions


Katy Deepwell is Founder and Editor of n.paradoxa: International Feminist Art Journal

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