If you are not familiar with artist Georg Baselitz, don't be too upset with yourself. Baselitz is one of those artists who is famous enough to make a serious living at it but not mainstream enough to be a household name. They won't be making a biopic about his life, but a documentary is always possible.
That is not to say that Baselitz isn't an incredible artist. His style is considered neo-expressionist and he is known for painting upside down heads. His work has gotten attention over the years for its provocative style and color palette. He has won numerous prestigious art awards and was named honorary professor at both the Accademia delle Arti del Disegno in Florence and London's Royal Academy of Arts. It is without any doubt that Baselitz is a skilled and accomplished painter.
What is not without doubt, however, is the possibility that Baselitz has some serious gender bias. In a recent interview with the online German publication Speigel Online, Baselitz came right out and told the publication that "women don't paint very well." What? Not only did Baselitz suggest that women should not pick up the paintbrush, he decried it a fact that women are less skilled than their male counterparts. Baselitz goes on to say that despite this lack of talent, women make up the majority of students in art school.
Saying that women lack the skills that men do when it comes to painting is not just offensive, it's preposterous. There have been countless female painters that have made their mark over the years who Baselitz is obviously forgetting about. I might even be so bold to say that there are plenty of women painters that are better than their male colleagues. What do you think?
Krasner was the wife of very famous painter Jackson Pollock and sadly her husband often overshadowed her work. But Krasner's paintings, while also of the abstract expressionist style, were quite different from her husband's. Krasner's work was much more feminine than her husband's; her strokes were wide and created the illusion of fields of flowers.
Mary Cassatt was an American painter but associated with the French Impressionist movement. She was a good friend of Degas and her work rivaled that of Degas and his contemporaries. She painted many pieces that focused on women and children, and she was considered a master of her craft. Her work is a staple in museums and galleries and has sold for several million dollars.
Mary Beale painted portraits in the 17th century. Her portraits are as flawless as they are expressive and years ahead of their time. She has been noted as being one of the most prominent portrait artists of the time and left a legacy of female painters for centuries. Even in the 1600s, women painters showed that they had the goods.
Frida Kahlo may be one of the most renowned female painters of all time. Kahlo combined her country of Mexico's rich culture with her own symbolic self-portraits. Kahlo became even more famous in death than she had been during her life. Her painting has set the record for the highest amount bid at auction for a Latin American artist.
Georgia O'Keeffe is probably one of the most well known painters of the 20th century. Her fame has hit levels that most artists could only dream of reaching. O'Keeffe is noted for her large-scale painting of flowers that may or may not resemble "lady parts." Regardless, her work is stunning and certainly no one can say about her that she didn't "paint very well."
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