'The women who shaped and were erased from our history. FORGOTTEN WOMEN is a new series of books that uncover the lost herstories of influential women who have refused over hundreds of years to accept the hand they've been dealt and, as a result, have formed, shaped and changed the course of our futures. From leaders and scientists to artists and writers, the fascinating stories of these women that time forgot are now celebrated, putting their achievements firmly back on the map.

The Artists brings together the stories of brilliant woman artists who made huge yet unacknowledged contributions to the history of art, including Camille Claudel, the extraordinarily talented sculptor who was always unfairly overshadowed by her lover, Rodin; Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven, who has been claimed as the true originator of Marcel Duchamp's Fountain; and Ana Mendieta, the Cuban refugee who approached violence against women through her performance art before her own untimely death.

With chapters ranging from Figurative to Photography, and Craft to Conceptual, this is an alternative guide to art history that demonstrates the broad range of artistic movements that included, and were often pioneered by, female artists who have been largely overlooked.'

I loved this book.

I was so excited to read this book after reading Forgotten Women: The Writers and thankfully it did not disappoint.  I don't really know much about art so I was worried that I may have been out of my depth with this book. Fortunately I was very wrong about that. I was so engrossed in the stories of these amazing women, I didn't want to put this book down.

The amazing female artists featured in this book were truly inspirational. As with Forgotten Women: The Writers, I found this book at times really emotional. The hardships and struggles these women had to go through not just for their art but in life was truly heartbreaking.

After reading this book I am determined to start researching more into these fantastic women that  I have just found out about. It honestly didn't matter that I don't no anything about art. These wonderful stories were so captivating that my lack of artistic knowledge made no difference to my reading experience.

The illustrations in this book were beautiful. They really complemented the stories being told and added an extra layer to this wonderful book.

I truly believe that this book should be read by everyone regardless of age, gender or knowledge of art. There is something for everyone in this book and these amazing women deserve to have their stories read.

Forgotten Women: The Writers by Zing Tsjeng is an absolute must read for everyone.

 

Published by Geramie Kate Barker