Library Journal - Library JournalUnusual for a reference, this exhaustive, reliable guide offers an important thesis in its noteworthy introduction: that although women artists have been regarded as exceptions in the male domain of fine arts, the hundreds of biographies here suggest that women should instead be recognized for their ``varied and continuous contribution . . . to art.'' Within the standard succinct biographical format, Dunford highlights how women adapted ``the circumstances of their lives . . . to their activity as artists.'' Support or opposition of parents, decision for or against marriage, age of childbearing, etc., are noted. Some entries for contemporary artists are not up to date, and there are minor editing concerns, but this belongs in any serious collection. Highly recommended.-- Mary Hamel- Schwulst, Towson State Univ., Md.
BooknewsAn alphabetically arranged collection of information on important and successful women artists--their families, training, careers, major influences and artistic associates, the types of art they've produced and where some of it can be found. Includes many color plates and b&w reproductions of art works. An important reference which will help dispel the myths that women artists are not serious, professional, or prolific. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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