100 Female Artists You Must Know (and seeing soon in the 'ANASAEA' artverse)


Delve into the artistic legacies of 100 pioneering female artists who have shaped the course of art history. From the Renaissance to contemporary digital art, these women have broken barriers, defied expectations, and created timeless masterpieces that continue to inspire and captivate audiences around the world.

Renaissance (14th-17th century)

  • Characteristics: Revival of classical Greek-Roman art and culture, emphasis on realism, perspective, anatomical accuracy, and the use of light and shadow.
  • Pioneering artists: Sofonisba Anguissola, Lavinia Fontana

Baroque (17th-18th century)

  • Characteristics: Dramatic expression, movement, contrast between light and dark (chiaroscuro), emotion, and grandeur.
  • Pioneering artists: Artemisia Gentileschi, Elisabetta Sirani

Dutch Golden Age (17th century)

  • Characteristics: Realistic and detailed still lifes, portraits, landscapes, and genre scenes.
  • Pioneering artists: Judith Leyster, Rachel Ruysch

Rococo (18th century)

  • Characteristics: Light, airy, and ornate style, use of soft colors, asymmetry, and ornamentation.
  • Pioneering artists: Rosalba Carriera, Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun, Adélaïde Labille-Guiard, Mary Moser

Neoclassicism (18th-19th century)

  • Characteristics: Return to classical simplicity and grandeur, clean lines, use of mythological and historical themes.
  • Pioneering artists: Angelica Kauffman, Marie-Denise Villers

Impressionism (19th century)

  • Characteristics: Capturing the moment quickly, use of light and loose brushstrokes, emphasis on light and color.
  • Pioneering artists: Berthe Morisot, Mary Cassatt, Eva Gonzalès, Marie Bracquemond, Louise Abbéma, Cecilia Beaux

Post-Impressionism (19th century)

  • Characteristics: Extension and reaction to Impressionism, use of vibrant colors, structure, and form.
  • Pioneering artists: Suzanne Valadon

Expressionism (20th century)

  • Characteristics: Expression of emotion and inner visions, use of distortion and intense colors.
  • Pioneering artists: Paula Modersohn-Becker, Gabriele Münter, Käthe Kollwitz, Maria Lassnig

Russian Avant-Garde (20th century)

  • Characteristics: Experimentation with abstraction, Cubism, Suprematism, and Constructivism.
  • Pioneering artists: Natalia Goncharova

American Modernism (20th century)

  • Characteristics: Development of a unique American style, often inspired by European modernist movements but with a focus on national identity and themes.
  • Pioneering artists: Georgia O'Keeffe

Art Deco (20th century)

  • Characteristics: Luxury, glamour, use of geometric shapes, bold colors, and symmetry.
  • Pioneering artists: Tamara de Lempicka

Surrealism (20th century)

  • Characteristics: Subconscious and dreamlike imagery, use of imagination and fantastic elements.
  • Pioneering artists: Frida Kahlo, Dorothea Tanning, Leonora Carrington, Remedios Varo, Mimi Parent, Meret Oppenheim, Kay Sage, Claude Cahun

Dadaism (20th century)

  • Characteristics: Dadaism, emerging in the early 20th century (1916-1924), was an avant-garde movement reacting against the atrocities of World War I. It embraced absurdity, irrationality, and anti-art sentiments, often employing satire, collage, photomontage, and performance art to challenge conventional aesthetics and societal norms.
  • Pioneering artists: Hannah Höch, celebrated for her photomontages; Sophie Taeuber-Arp, known for her abstract and geometric works; and Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven, who influenced Marcel Duchamp's iconic "Fountain" urinal piece​.

Abstract Expressionism (20th century)

  • Characteristics: Abstract forms, emphasis on spontaneous and intuitive creation, use of large canvases.
  • Pioneering artists: Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, Joan Mitchell, Jay DeFeo, Olga Albizu, Cecily Brown

Color Field Painting (20th century)

  • Characteristics: Large areas of color, minimalist approach to form and composition.
  • Pioneering artists: Helen Frankenthaler, Alma Thomas

Pop Art (20th century)

  • Characteristics: Use of images from popular culture and mass media, often with an ironic or critical undertone.
  • Pioneering artists: Yayoi Kusama, Marisol Escobar

Minimalism (20th century)

  • Characteristics: Simple forms, clean lines, reduction of art to its essential elements.
  • Pioneering artists: Agnes Martin, Eva Hesse, Marcia Hafif

Nouveau Réalisme (20th century)

  • Characteristics: Use of everyday objects and materials, often with social or political commentary.
  • Pioneering artists: Niki de Saint Phalle

Neo-Concretism (20th century)

  • Characteristics: Brazilian movement combining abstraction with organic forms and participatory artworks.
  • Pioneering artists: Lygia Clark

Photography/Video Art (20th-21st century)

  • Characteristics: Use of photography and video as art mediums, often focusing on identity, gender, and cultural themes.
  • Pioneering artists: Shirin Neshat, Cindy Sherman, Nan Goldin, Pipilotti Rist

Conceptual Art (20th-21st century)

  • Characteristics: The ideas and concepts behind the artwork are more important than the aesthetic aspects.
  • Pioneering artists: Lorna Simpson, Jenny Holzer, Barbara Kruger, Adrian Piper

Installation Art (20th-21st century)

  • Characteristics: Artworks that occupy entire spaces, often interactive or experiential.
  • Pioneering artists: Kara Walker, Rachel Whiteread, Mona Hatoum

Performance Art (20th-21st century)

  • Characteristics: Use of the body and actions as an art form, often temporary and non-repeatable.
  • Pioneering artists: Marina Abramović, Ana Mendieta, Yoko Ono

African-American Art (20th-21st century)

  • Characteristics: Exploration of African-American identity, history, and culture, often with an activist undertone.
  • Pioneering artists: Faith Ringgold, Betye Saar

Street Art (21st century)

  • Characteristics: Artworks in public spaces, often with social or political commentary.
  • Pioneering artists: Swoon (Caledonia Curry), Maya Hayuk

Contemporary Art (21st century)

  • Characteristics: Diverse and versatile, often reflecting current social and cultural issues.
  • Pioneering artists: Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Julie Mehretu, Kehinde Wiley, Lubaina Himid, Amy Sherald, Mickalene Thomas, Wangechi Mutu, Tschabalala Self, Dana Schutz, Katherine Bernhardt, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Christina Quarles, Jordan Casteel, Nina Chanel Abney, Shara Hughes, Julie Curtiss

Digital Art/AI (21st century)

  • Characteristics: Use of digital technologies and artificial intelligence to create artworks, often with interactive or generative elements.
  • Pioneering artists: Sougwen Chung, Anna Ridler, Sofia Crespo, Helena Sarin, Orlan