#5WomenArtists at the CMA

Can you name five artists off the top of your head?

If you can, how many of those are women?

To highlight women in the arts—in particular, the inequity faced by women artists—we’re participating in the National Museum of Women in the Arts’ campaign #5WomenArtists by sharing works by women in our collection. If you’d like to participate yourself, head over to NMWA’s blog to find out more and keep reading to discover some of the women represented at CMA. 

Florine Stettheimer, Sunday Afternoon in the Country, 1917

Painter, designer, and poet Florine Stettheimer left instructions in her will for her work to be destroyed after her death. Lucky for us, her sister Ettie ignored that order! Sunday Afternoon in the Country depicts several luminaries in Stettheimer’s circle of friends, including the artist Marcel Duchamp and the photographer Edward Steichen in the lower corner. 

Louise Nevelson, Sky Cathedral-Moon Garden Wall, 1956-1960

After separating from her husband, who disapproved of her desire to become an artist, Louise Nevelson devoted everything to the pursuit of art. It paid off. Considered one of the foremost sculptors of the twentieth century, Nevelson made her mark on art history with monumental assemblages made from salvaged wood painted in black, white or gold.

Gabriele Münter, Future (Woman in Stockholm), 1917

A founding member of the artists’ group Der Blaue Reiter, Gabriele Münter was at the forefront of the German avant-garde in the early years of the twentieth century. In her work, she employs color to emphasize feeling, as with the bright colors of Future where a woman reads a letter from her fiancé. 

Lucy Martin Lewis, Vessel, 1900s

Considered one of the foremost Native American potters, Lucy Martin Lewis’s work features black and white designs inspired by shards of ancient Anasazi ceramics. Born and raised in Sky City mesa in Acoma Pueblo, Arizona, Lewis learned the art of pottery from other Acoma women. Originally sold at roadside stands, her work gained national attention and is now represented in museums across the country. 

Elisabeth Louise Vigée-LeBrun, Portrait of Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne the Younger, 1772

Known for her skill at portraiture, Elisabeth Louise Vigée-LeBrun attracted the attention and patronage of Marie Antoinette herself, and would go on to paint over thirty portraits of the French queen. She painted this portrait of Jean-Baptiste Leymone when she was only seventeen years old. 


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