Research: Luce Center for American Art

Art by Women

Traditional women's arts, related to the making and embellishing of costume and household goods, have historically been an important part of the lives of women in both indigenous and colonial American cultures. Before the Industrial Revolution, beginning in the late eighteenth century, women were occasionally trained in more academic artistic endeavors, especially in the case of family studios like that of the Peale family in Philadelphia. It was not until the rise of the machine dramatically transformed daily life, however, that women became professional artists and artisans in large numbers. Even then, the creative role of women was often limited. In the ceramics industry, for example, women traditionally were the painters and decorators and not the actual potters. In the last part of the nineteenth century, under the aegis of the Arts and Crafts Movement, with its celebration of handwork of all types, individual women emerged who excelled in both design and production of artistic objects. By then, most art schools were also open to women as well.

31 objects are included in this theme.
19.95 Mary Cassatt
Woman in a Red Bodice and Her Child, ca. 1901

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28.384 Malvina Hoffman
Martinique Woman, 1928

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28.385 Malvina Hoffman
Senegalese Soldier, 1928

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43.128.44 Rookwood Pottery Company
Pitcher, 1883

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57.125 Florine Stettheimer
Heat, 1919

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62.151 Newcomb Pottery
Vase, 1902-1904

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67.120.54 Clara Driscoll
"Dragonfly" Lamp, ca. 1900-1920

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70.26 Lilly Martin Spencer
Kiss Me and You'll Kiss the 'Lasses, 1856

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76.120 Alma W. Thomas
Wind, Sunshine and Flowers, 1968

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77.11 Georgia O'Keeffe
Brooklyn Bridge, 1949

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84.124.13 Helen A. Hughes Dulany
Caviar Server, ca. 1930

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84.176.4 Grace Young
Vase, Chief Shavehead, ca. 1899

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85.10 Maija Grotell
Vase, ca. 1951

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85.75.1 Eva Zeisel
Baby Feeding Cup, ca. 1940

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85.75.2 Eva Zeisel
Baby Dish, ca. 1940

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87.20 Mrs. M.E. Chichester
Bowl, ca. 1916

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87.120.1a-b Dorothy Hafner
Teapot and Lid from Three Piece Tea Service, Kyoto Homage Pattern, Designed 1980; Manufactured 1987

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87.120.2a-b Dorothy Hafner
Sugar Bowl and Lid from Three Piece Tea Service, Kyoto Homage Pattern, Designed 1980; Manufactured in 1987

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87.120.3 Dorothy Hafner
Creamer from Three Piece Tea Service, Kyoto Homage Pattern, 1987

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1990.96.1 Elizabeth E. Copeland
Box, ca. 1914

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1991.258.1a-b Marion Anderson Noyes
Teapot with Lid, ca. 1933

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1991.261.3a-b Eva Zeisel
Bean Pot with Lid, Town and Country Dinner Service, Designed ca. 1945; Manufactured ca. 1946

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1992.40.50a-b Marion Anderson Noyes
Bowl with Cover, ca. 1950

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1992.98.1a-b Eva Zeisel
Coffeepot with Lid, "Museum" Pattern, ca. 1942-1943

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1992.98.2 Eva Zeisel
Creamer, "Museum" Pattern, ca. 1942-1943

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1992.98.3a-b Eva Zeisel
Sugar Bowl with Lid, "Museum" Pattern, ca. 1942-1943

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1992.98.9a-b Eva Zeisel
Cruet and Stopper, "Town and Country" Pattern, ca. 1942-1943

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1992.98.10a-b Eva Zeisel
Cruet and Stopper, "Town and Country" Pattern, ca. 1942-1943

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1994.124 Louise Bourgeois
Décontractée, 1990

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1999.113 Cecelia Beaux
Mrs. Robert Abbe (Catherine Amory Bennett), 1898-1899

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2003.55a-d Margaret Foley
Marble Relief of Pasuccia on Stand, ca. 1865

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