Independent Spirits: Women Painters of the American West, 1890-1945

Independent Spirits: Women Painters of the American West, 1890-1945

by Patricia Trenton
     
 


"The history of women's participation in the westward expansion has often been subsumed into myths of pioneers and cowgirls. Independent Spirits offers convincing evidence of real women's contributions to the cultural life of the American West. Many of the names may be unfamiliar, but the stories can't help but transform our idea of history. An accessibleSee more details below

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"The history of women's participation in the westward expansion has often been subsumed into myths of pioneers and cowgirls. Independent Spirits offers convincing evidence of real women's contributions to the cultural life of the American West. Many of the names may be unfamiliar, but the stories can't help but transform our idea of history. An accessible and informative volume."—Whitney Chadwick, Professor of Art History, San Francisco State University

"Independent Spirits offers the first step in documenting the achievements and innovations of women in the pictorial arts. The history of Western American painting can never again be examined without the consideration of women in that development."—William Gerdts, Professor of Art History, The Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York

"This book makes available the material we need to begin rethinking the West's cultural history. The art history of the region—like the general histories of the West itself—has long concentrated on the work of men. With tightly focused regional essays, fresh photographic illustrations, and reproductions of many little-known works of art, this book establishes women as central figures in the creation of American art."—Martha Sandweiss, Director of the Mead Art Museum, Amherst College

"At last there is for art of the American West a serious diversion from the enduring continuum of male-oriented surveys. In this handsome volume, for the first time, women's art is copiously revealed and duly celebrated. Their persistent and remarkable creative forces have played a powerful part in interpreting Western life and evolving regional tastes. Here we finally see women's rightful place in the Western creative saga."—Peter Hassrick, Director, Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Wyoming

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520202030
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
11/27/1995
Edition description:
First Edition, (In association with Autry Museum of Western Heritage)
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents


Virginia Scharff, Introduction: Women Envision the West, 1890-1945
Susan Landauer, Searching for Selfhood: Women Artists of Northern California
Patricia Trenton, "Islands on the Land": Women Traditionalists of Southern California
Ilene Susan Fort, The Adventuresome, The Eccentrics, and The Dreamers: Women Modernists of Southern California
Vicki Halper, Northwestern Exposure
Sarah Moore, No Woman's Land: Arizona Adventurers
Sandra D'Emilio and Sharyn R. Udall, Inner Voices, Outward Forms: Women Painters in New Mexico
Susan Landauer with Becky Duval Reese, Lone Star Spirits
Erika Doss, "I Must Paint": Women Artists of the Rocky Mountain Region
Joni L. Kinsey, Cultivating the Grasslands: Women Painters in the Great Plains

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