Women who made a difference through Art



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Frida Kahlo, a legendary figure in art history, centered her work on her own life and self. Her perseverance is what her legacy remains to show young women. Her paintings, which combined surrealism and traditional Mexican painting styles, reflected her chaotic life. Her life's work has been created as a beacon, in todays world empowering, and giving women the courage to embrace any difficulties in their life, and fuel it towards their art. Her longtime relationship with Diego Rivera, exposed her to another element of art. She met on occasion Salvador Dali, the most famous of all surrealists, who was also a huge influence. Her lifetime experiences transcend into her artwork and continues to impact the world today. 



Yayoi Kusama (born 1929) her work spans six decades and is most known for her mirrored "Infinity Rooms." She founded Kusama Enterprises, her own line of clothing and textiles, in the late 1960s. It was a self-branding exercise centered on the dots, for which she was already well-known. Kusama realized she could connect with a much larger audience through fashion. In New York Kusama was part of an important network of artists who were redefining what art could be. Like Picasso, Dali, and modern artist Peter Max she was versed in making a successful team, that would join her efforts in promoting a commercial art business. She proved very successful as an entrepreneur artist  like her predesessors. 


Mary Cassatt  Woman with a Sunflower, c. 1905


Mary Cassatt
Woman with a Sunflower, c. 1905


Mary developed an interest in the American Women's Suffrage Movement around the beginning of the 20th century. She provided artwork for significant exhibitions in New York City that supported women's suffrage. She survived to witness the 1920 ratification of the 19th amendment, which gave women the right to vote. Sep 22, 2012. The sunflower appeared on a suffragist badge advocating for women’s right to vote in the presidential election of 1904 about a year before this painting was made. Sunflowers were used on a variety of official and promotional suffrage materials by the time Mary Cassatt painted Woman with a Sunflower in the early 1900s, including a button that read, "We wish to vote for president in 1904," which is currently in the collection of the Museum of the City of New York. Mary Cassatt was one of just three women (and the only American) to exhibit with the French impressionist painters. This influential art movement developed in Paris in the 1860s. 

Sunflowers have been huge throughout art history; think of Van Gogh sunflowers. Along with many other renditions in the 20th century. More recently, Elena Bond a current impressionist has utilized them along with Sergey scherep both can be viewed online. 


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Elena Bond started drawing at a early age, using everything from a pencil to her mother’s make-up. She came from a family of artists where her great-grandfather and grandfather were both artists. Because of her father’s job in the military. At 15, she attended the State College of Art in Uzbekistan majoring in Scenic Design which she completed with honors. Elena took part in many international, state, and city exhibitions. She continues to paint in magnificent ways enrapturing her audience. Her confident brush strokes continue to tell stories through her art. 








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