The Obstacle Race: The Fortunes of Women Painters and Their Work

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If men and women are equally capable of genius, why have there been no female artists of the stature of Leonardo, Titian or Poussin? In seeking to answer this question, Germaine Greer introduces us to major but underestimated figures in the history of Western painting?Angelica Kauffmann, Natalia Goncharova, Suzanne Valadon, Berthe Morisot, Kathe K?llwitz?and produces a brilliantly incisive and richly illustrated study. She explains the obstacles as both external and surmountable and internal and insurmountable in...

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Overview

If men and women are equally capable of genius, why have there been no female artists of the stature of Leonardo, Titian or Poussin? In seeking to answer this question, Germaine Greer introduces us to major but underestimated figures in the history of Western painting—Angelica Kauffmann, Natalia Goncharova, Suzanne Valadon, Berthe Morisot, Kathe Köllwitz—and produces a brilliantly incisive and richly illustrated study. She explains the obstacles as both external and surmountable and internal and insurmountable in the race for achievement.

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Erica Jong
...a book that explains...the psychological, economic and even aesthetic reasons for the virtually unchallenged patriarchalism of all our artistic establishments.
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Germaine Greer's 1979 study, reprinted in paper, explores both the external and the internal obstacles women painters from the 1550s to the 1950s faced in seeking recognition for their work. The feminist fire that fuels Greer's analysis may have cooled for some in the years since, but the study remains an excellent introduction to the ways the question "Why were there no great women painters?" is a false one. Sadly, the edition's many b&w reproductions are muddy and glum; the printing was kinder to the 32 color plates. Distributed by Palgrave. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780374224127
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 10/1/1979
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 373

Meet the Author

Germaine Greer

Germaine Greer, critic, leader, and advocate, is the author of The Female Eunuch, The Change,and most recently The Whole Woman, all worldwide bestsellers. She lives in England.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
The Obstacles
I Family 12
II Love 36
III The Illusion of Success 68
IV Humiliation 88
V Dimension 104
VI Primitivism 115
VII The Disappearing Oeuvre 132
How They Ran
VIII The Cloister 151
IX The Renaissance 169
X The Magnificent Exception 189
XI The Bolognese Phenomenon 208
XII Still Life and Flower Painting 227
XIII The Portraitists 250
XIV The Amateurs 280
XV The Age of Academies 292
XVI The Nineteenth Century 310
List of Illustrations 329
Acknowledgments 335
Notes 337
Index 361
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