We are artists: Women who made their mark on the world

by | May 10, 2020 | Book Review, Non-Fiction

Book Details

We are artists: Women who made their mark on the world
Kari Herbert. London: Thames and Hudson, pb, 9 780 500 651 964, 2019, £14.95, 144pp.
Non fiction, illustrated book
Age 7+

What a wonderfully stimulating and exciting book this is. It celebrates the work of 15 female artists from around the world and their impact on the art world.

The collection includes a mixture of very well known and lesser-known artists from all over the world. Barbara Hepworth (UK), Hannah Höch (Germany), Tove Jansson (Finland), Frida Kahlo (Mexico), Yayoi Kusama (Japan), Gabriele Münter (Germany), Georgia O’Keefe (USA), Lyubov Popova (Russia), Faith Ringgold (USA) and Susan Valadon (France) are joined by less familiar (to this reviewer at least) Kenojuak Ashevak from Canada, Corita Kent from the USA, Emily Kame Kngwarreye from Australia, Amrit Sher-Gil from Hungary/India and Alma Thomas from the USA. Biographical information is provided alongside key information about their work and personal quotes which sum up their aim for their art. Each artist’s individual approach and perspective is explored and their unique contribution to art and society is revealed. Each provided society with a new way of seeing things. The world coverage is very welcome as is this focus on women in the art world.

The book is richly and colourfully illustrated by Kari Herbert. She has brilliantly captured the likeness of each artist in her illustrations. Several reproductions of original artworks are included for each artist.

Review by Pam Dix