Review: Fifty Works by Fifty British Women Artists 1900-1950

Anna Zinkeisen (1901–1976),
All the Colours of the Rainbow, 1942,
oil en grisaille
Collection of Rose Grimond / © The Artist’s Estate

My piece on the recent exhibition Fifty Works by Fifty British Women Artists 1900-1950 is available now at Decorating Dissidence issue 4. I’ve long been a fan of this interdisciplinary arts project and journal, so I’m delighted to feature alongside pieces on caring for public sculpture made by female artists, a new project bringing attention to women architects, and an exploration of gender and the brushstroke.

Drawing on my research into women muralists, I reflect on the career opportunities available for female artists in the first half of the twentieth century. I’ll be posting more about these muralists, including Dorothy Annan, Mildred ‘Elsi’ Eldridge, Mary Adshead, Nan West, Evelyn Dunbar and Olga Lehmann, on the blog in due course.

With thanks to Liss Llewellyn and Special Collections, Leeds University Library for granting me permission to use images in my review.

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