At Home in the Studio: The Professionalization of Women Artists in America

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Overview

This engaging cultural history examines the emergence of a professional identity for American women artists. By focusing on individual sculptors, painters, and illustrators, Laura Prieto gives us a compelling picture of the prospects and constraints faced by women artists in the United States from the late eighteenth century through the 1930s.

Prieto tracks the transformation from female artisans and ladies with genteel "artistic accomplishments" to middle-class professional artists. Domestic spaces and familial metaphors helped legitimate the production of art by women. Expression of sexuality and representation of the nude body, on the other hand, posed problems for these artists. Women artists at first worked within their separate sphere, but by the end of the nineteenth century "New Women" grew increasingly uncomfortable with separatism, wanting ungendered recognition. With the twentieth century came striking attempts to reconcile domestic lives and careers with new expectations; these decades also ruptured the women's earlier sense of community with amateur women artists in favor of specifically professional allegiances. This study of a diverse group of women artists--diverse in critical reception, geographic location, race, and social background--reveals a forgotten aspect of art history and women's history.

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Prieto reconstructs a substantial chronology for women artists in the US...Two tendencies that wax and wane over a century are traced: the drive to be an artist and the desire to be a woman, both providing a basis for professionalization...[Prieto] demonstrates an ability to read works of art, interweaving their visual narratives into the context of women's artistic development. Highly recommended.
— E. K. Menon

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Prieto reconstructs a substantial chronology for women artists in the US...Two tendencies that wax and wane over a century are traced: the drive to be an artist and the desire to be a woman, both providing a basis for professionalization...[Prieto] demonstrates an ability to read works of art, interweaving their visual narratives into the context of women's artistic development. Highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674004863
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/2001
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 546,243
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Laura R. Prieto is Assistant Professor of History and Women’s Studies at Simmons College, Boston.
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Acknowledgments

Introduction

1. Peculiarly Fitted to Art

2. Domesticating Professional Art

3. Figures and Fig Leaves

4. Sculpting Butter: Gender Separatism and the Professional Ideal

5. Portrait of the Artist as a New Woman

6. Making the Modern Woman Artist

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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