List of 20th-century women artists

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This is a partial list of 20th-century women artists, sorted alphabetically by decade of birth. These artists are known for creating artworks that are primarily visual in nature, in traditional media such as painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking, ceramics as well as in more recently developed genres, such as installation art, performance art, conceptual art, digital art and video art. Do not add entries for those without a Wikipedia article.

The list covers artists born from 1870 through 1969. For later births see List of 21st-century women artists.

Before 1870[edit]

Mary Cassatt Self-portrait, c. 1878, gouache on paper, 23 5/8 × 16 3/16 in., Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Hilma af Klint, The Ten Largest nr 3, Youth, Group 4, 1907
Käthe Kollwitz, Woman with Dead Child, 1903 etching
Suzanne Valadon, The Bath, 1908, pastel. 60×49 cm., Museum of Grenoble, France
Lilla Cabot Perry, Self Portrait, 1892
Romaine Brooks, Miss Natalie Barney, "L'Amazone" (1920)


Paula Modersohn-Becker, Self-Portrait, 1906
Gabriele Münter, Abend im Park (Nightfall in St. Cloud), 1906
Gwen John, Vase of Flowers, n.d. (ca. 1910s)


Marie Laurencin, 1913, Le Bal élégant, La Danse à la campagne
Georgia O'Keeffe, Blue and Green Music, 1921
Natalia Goncharova, Self-portrait, 1907


Jeanne Hébuterne,Self portrait, 1916
Nazareth, ca 1925, by Palestinian photographer Karimeh Abbud


Bernarda Bryson Shahn, Resettlement Administration poster, c. 1935–1937
Milena Pavlović-Barili, Hot Pink with Cool Grey, 1940
Andree Rexroth – Composition, ca. 1935-1943


Louise Bourgeois, Maman, Bilbao, Spain






The list ends with artists born in 1969. For later births see List of 21st-century women artists.

See also[edit]


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