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Women's duos

On the occasion of the International Women's Day, we wanted to bring together artists around 4-hands collaborations which are exclusively and resolutely feminine. These 21 artists chose to create together, according to their affinities, and experienced a real moment of sharing. Just like a fraternal bond, the tie that has been woven between these artists is that of sisterhood, united by their passion for art.

Also discover an interview where they share with us today their feelings on this unique experience and also their views on what it means to be a woman artist in 2023.

 
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FEMALE PAINTERS IN THE SPOTLIGHT

 

For a long time, the history of art was dominated by male artists, and the place of female painters was largely ignored, minimized or forgotten, at least until the 20th century. However, in recent decades there has been a growing recognition of the contribution of female artists to contemporary art.

Contemporary women artists began to emerge in the 1970s, as the feminist movement gained momentum. This allowed women to express themselves more in art and to challenge gender stereotypes. Since then, women painters have continued to play an important role in contemporary art, exploring a variety of themes, styles and techniques.
 

Why buy art from a woman painter?

Buying art by female artists can have several advantages and benefits:
  1. Promote gender equality: purchasing art by female artists supports their work and talent, while contributing to greater gender equality in the art world.
  2. Encourage diversity: choosing to collect art by female artists encourages a diversity of voices and perspectives in the art world, which can lead to a greater variety of styles and techniques.
  3. Valuing the work and talent of women artists: For centuries, women artists have been underrepresented in the art world. Buying their work gives them the recognition and visibility they deserve.
  4. Invest in the future: Buying art by women artists can also be a wise investment, as art history has shown that many women artists have had their work recognized by the public.
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Carré d'artistes promotes women's contemporary art

Thus, it is important to continue to promote the place of female painters in the history of art and to recognize their contribution to contemporary art. Initiatives to promote their work and visibility, such as the Carré d'artistes' Duos Féminins collection or the vernissages of women artists are part of the DNA of our contemporary art gallery network.

The mentoring opportunities provided by the gallery also allow these artists to benefit from the experience and advice of experienced professionals to help advance their careers.

In addition, Carré d'artistes has a Career Development Program for Women Artists, which provides a platform for women artists seeking to advance their careers and expose their work to a wider audience. This program provides women artists with personalized guidance in developing their artistic careers, and offers them increased visibility online and in the brand's art galleries.
 

Famous contemporary women painters

There are many famous contemporary women artists, each of whom has made a significant contribution to the history of art. Among the most famous are:

  • Yayoi Kusama: Originally from Japan, Kusama is an artist known for her installations and paintings, often characterized by patterns of polka dots, stripes and circles. She has become an important figure in the folk art movement, and her work has been exhibited in museums around the world.
  • Frida Kahlo: Kahlo was a Mexican artist known for her self-portraits that reflect her tumultuous personal life. She explored themes such as pain, suffering and the power of womanhood, as well as issues of identity, race and culture.
  • Cindy Sherman: This American artist is known for her photographs, where she stages herself in different roles. She explores notions of gender, representation and identity, and has influenced the practice of many other artists.
  • Artemisia Gentileschi, known for her paintings of strong, independent women and her mastery of the chiaroscuro technique.
  • Louise Bourgeois, a French-American artist, famous for her sculptures, installations and drawings. She is often considered one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, particularly for her exploration of human psychology, sexuality and femininity.
  • Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun, renowned French painter, known for her portraits of the European aristocracy. She was one of the few women artists of her time to be admitted to the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture, where she was the protégé of Queen Marie Antoinette.
  • Niki de Saint Phalle, aFrench artist, best known for her monumental sculptures of round, colorful and often playful women, and for her famous sculpture garden "Tarot Garden" in Tuscany.
  • Camille Claudel, talented French sculptor and contemporary of Rodin. She was noted for her realistic yet expressive sculptures, which accurately captured the strength and beauty of the human body.
  • Tamara de Lempicka, Polish artist known for her stylized portraits of glamorous and sophisticated women.
 

CONTEMPORARY WOMEN-ARTISTS : A PARTICULAR PAINTING

 

Themes

Contemporary women artists are inspired by a variety of themes, which may be specific to their experiences and perspectives as women, but may also focus on universal concerns. 

  1. Gender Identity: Women artists often explore themes related to gender identity and the representation of women in society. This may include the representation of the female body, gender stereotypes, sexuality and motherhood.
  2. Social and political engagement: they may be socially and politically engaged, and their work may reflect themes such as social justice, anti-discrimination, environmental issues, minority and refugee rights.
  3. Human psychology: Eve's daughters may be inspired by themes related to human psychology, such as introspection, the human condition, vulnerability, pain, resilience and joy.
  4. Popular Culture: Women artists may also be inspired by popular culture, using elements of mass culture, such as music icons, movie characters, and celebrities to create provocative and expressive artworks.

Ultimately, the themes that inspire women artists are varied and complex, often reflecting their unique experiences and perspectives as women, as well as their engagement with contemporary social and political issues.
 

Artistic styles

Contemporary female painters use a variety of artistic styles, reflecting their diversity and creative individuality. 

  1. Expressionism: Female painters may use expressionism to communicate intense emotions, feelings of despair, loneliness and vulnerability. Bright colors, abstract shapes and gestural brush strokes can be used to express intense feelings. This may also be referred to as abstract expressionism. 
  2. Abstraction: Women painters may also work in the style of abstraction, using non-figurative colors and shapes to create images that focus on form, color and texture rather than figurative representation.
  3. Realism: Women painters may work in the style of realism, creating images that are true to reality with attention to detail. Realism can be used to represent historical or contemporary subjects, as well as realistic portraits.
  4. Street art: Women painters may also work in the street art style, creating graffiti, posters and murals to express social and political views or simply to bring color to public spaces.
  5. Pop art: Women painters can also work in the style of pop art, creating bold, colorful images that explore themes of popular culture and mass consumption.
 

The portraits of women

Who better to sketch a portrait of a pair than a woman? Paintings of women by women can be a way for artists to celebrate female identity, while exploring universal themes such as fragility, strength and vulnerability.
There is often a heightened sensitivity and understanding of the female experience. A female painter can create portraits that are more intimate and personal, reflecting their own experiences as women.

Portraits of women can also be used to explore issues of gender identity and the representation of women in art and society. Ultimately, these works can offer a unique perspective on the beauty and diversity of the female experience, as well as a reflection on universal issues of the human condition.

 

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