From art historian, curator and creator of @thegreatwomenartists, comes a pioneering exploration of women artists from the past 500 years. Katy Hessel challenges the canon as we know it and showcases the female and gender non-conformist artists who are so often excluded from the history books.
How many women artists do you know? Who makes art history? Did women even work as artists before the twentieth century? And what is the Baroque anyway?
Hessel shines a spotlight on the glittering paintings of Sofonisba Anguissola of the Renaissance, the radical work of Harriet Powers in the nineteenth-century US, the astonishing work of post-war artists in Latin America and the women artists defining art in the 2020s. From the Cornish coast to Manhattan, Nigeria to Japan, The Story of Art Without Men is the history of art as it’s never been told before.
Hessel’s book takes it’s title from The Story of Art by E. H. Gombrich – one of the best-loved books on art ever written, and a world bestseller for over half a century. As Hessel say in her introduction ‘it’s a wonderful book but for one flaw: his first edition included zero women artists’.
‘Katy Hessel is a brilliant chronicler of the overlooked. I am so thrilled this book exists as an empowering, enlightening guide to the unforgettable vision of these brilliant artists. Essential reading’ – Elizabeth Day
‘Katy Hessel has given us such a gift. I found so much to surprise and delight in these pages, so many works of art pulsating with life and intelligence, beauty and power. An astonishing achievement.’ – Jessie Burton
Read more about Katy Hessel, her podcast, and all her amazing other work on her website.