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Seeing Ourselves: Women's Self-Portraits
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Frances Borzello
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Seeing Ourselves: Women's Self-Portraits

Frances Borzello


9780500294024

Thames & Hudson


Art & Architecture;
Portraits in art


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272 pages

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For centuries, the art world was a male preserve. Exceptionally talented and ambitious women became successful artists, only to be written out of the history of Western art. But how have women really seen themselves? What can self-portraits tell us about the way women have lived and worked? This book examines the subject, revealing a vibrant, colourful but largely overlooked genre.

The two earliest self-portraits come from 12th-century manuscripts in which nuns gaze at us across eight centuries. In 1630 Artemisia Gentileschi depicted herself powerfully as the very personification of painting. From Adelaide Labille-Guiard to Angelica Kauffmann, in the 18th century, women signalled in their different ways ambition, femininity and the artist's calling. In this century, growing freedom and awareness have allowed for an increasingly intimate self-scrutiny, in the work of such artists as Gwen John and Paula Modersohn-Becker. Frida Kahlo's  The Broken Column  of 1944, shows her confined by the steel that supports her damaged spine. Sarah Lucas portrays herself as a tough, masculine outsider in photographs such as  Self Portrait with Fish .  And when Cindy Sherman explores identity by transforming herself, she poses the questions that all the women in this book have faced when they  see  themselves - and help all of us to see ourselves too.

By:   Frances Borzello
Imprint:   Thames & Hudson
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 229mm,  Width: 152mm, 
Weight:   600g
ISBN:   9780500294024
ISBN 10:   050029402X
Pages:   272
Publication Date:   February 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

1. In the Beginning: The Sixteenth Century * 2. The New Self-Confidence: The Seventeenth Century * 3. Professionals and Amateurs: The Eighteenth Century * 4. The Opening Door: The Nineteenth Century * 5. Breaking Taboos: The Twentieth Century * 6. Feminism and After: Towards the Contemporary


'Wonderful' - The Times 'Books of this high calibre are few and far between in feminist art history ... Written in elegant prose that will draw in even casual readers, it bears a wealth of new material' - Library Journal 'Beautifully presented ... invites us to consider women's self-portraiture as a genre in its own right ... invaluable' - Times Literary Supplement 'A cornucopia of the weird, the chilling and the sublime ... lucid and unexpectedly compelling ... fantastic' - Observer 'A landmark study' - Daily Telegraph

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