Review: Female artists in history that everyone should know

Most influential female artists in history


Naajia Ali, Staff Cartoonist


Women’s History Month has ended a month ago, help us honor the most talented women in the history of art. They are the pioneers of design and creativity. So creative yet so underrated. These artists became some of the most influential women in Art history with their gorgeous work. HawkEye Media introduces you to the most amazing female painters in history.



Frida Kahlo

Beloved by both the American and Latino communities. Frida is one of (if the most) influential artists of all time. Creating art full of bright colors and deep meaning behind them. According to the Frida Kahlo Foundation she took up painting as a kid. After putting her passion for art aside she began to pursue a career in the medical field, but unfortunately was unable to continue her studies due to a bus injury, at 18. Since she already was disabled from polio her healing process wasn’t easy. Still, that didn’t stop her.

She re-found a passion for art and soon became one of the best artists in history. Frida used her art to express her feelings and thoughts on social issues like identity, feminism, class, and race. The style and influence of Latin culture within her work challenge the thoughts of whoever lays eyes upon it and touches the hearts of many to this day.




Mary Cassatt

If you love art, you know Mary Cassatt’s work. The painter, printmaker, and Pennsylvania native made a name for herself with her gorgeous art featuring bright pastel colors. According to the story shared on Marry Cassatt|SAAM  about Cassatt, she first was exposed to art when studying abroad in Germany and France as a youth. She later became known as one of the godmothers of impressionism, alongside Marie Bracquemond and Berthe Morisot.

Her work greatly depicts femininity and feminism. She showed the lives of many women and displayed pride in womanhood. Featuring images of women in everyday life in gorgeous imagery, her work has made quite an impact in the art world. Much like Kahlo, Cassatt changed history with her art, displaying feminism.


The Letter,”  Marry Cassatt, 1891




Elisabeth-Louise Vigée Le Brun

Also, known as Madame Le Brun, Elisabeth was one of the most beloved portrait painters in all of Europe. After the commissioning of the Historical figure Queen Marie Antoinette, she soon became greatly successful, according to Elisabeth-Louise- Wikipedia. The elegant and regal style of her painting made her one of the most beloved painters in the country and ushered in the end of the baroque art style. Brun made a name for herself with her beautiful work and well-crafted portraits.



“Self-portrait in a Straw Hat,” Elisabeth-Louise Vigée-Lebrun, 1782



Laura Wheeler

Laura Wheeler Waring is one of the best painters of the Harlem Renaissance. Her gorgeous work is known for displaying important African American fugues. She showed a deep look into the lives of the individuals she painted just with a stroke of a brush. Laura Wheeler Waring| Wikipedia  shared a complying story of how Waring’s began her journey as a teacher and an artist. She started teaching at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, where she taught art and music, as well as purse a career in painting. After 30 years of teaching at Cheyney, Waring soon founded Cheyney’s art and music department.

Her lovely work led her to become one of the first African American artists to be featured in an American art show. Waring is one of the most talented and underrated artists and needs to be noticed.

“Anna Washington Derry,” Laura Wheeler Waring, 1927


Georgia O’Keeffe

Known as the “mother of American modernism”, O’Keeffe began her journey as an artist at the young age of 10. The GEORGIA O’KEEFFE  Museum website gave a little insight of O’Keeffe’s background. She left her old town and farm life in Wisconsin to pursue a career. She left for New York City where her career skyrocketed.

She spent her time there painting beautiful images of oversized wildflowers, New York skyscrapers, landscapes of her home, and New Mexico. O’Keeffe’s abstract art style made her one of the most known female abstract artists.


“My Shanty, Lake George,” Georgia O’Keefe, 1923 





Käthe Kollwitz

This artist loved to tell stories with her work and showcased her feeling in a dark, eerie, and yet beautiful manner. Kollwitz dealt with a lot of loss and death in her life. The art history website Moma gave us good insight of what   influenced her to make the art she does. Due to her husband’s medical profession, she was constantly surrounded by people suffering and dying from illness. Later, she sadly lost her son in World War I and lost her grandson in War World II.

I’m sure it’s safe to say Kollwitz  truly put her heart on her sleeve. Brushstrokes that really speak to you and colors that show her emotions and the darkness within her.



“Not (Misère),” Käthe Kollwitz, 1897 




Amrita Sher-Gil

Known as one of the greatest excremental arts of the 20th century. Amrita began her career in painting early in life. Painting since she was young, she began taking formal art lessons at eight years old and continued to progress into adulthood.

Amrita’s travels through Europe and India developed her art style and created a lot of buzz surrounding her art. Amrita became the most successful female artist of the Bengal Renaissance and a pioneer of Indian art, according to Amrita Sher-Gil- Wikipedia. Long after her passing, she remained one the most influential artist in Indian history.



“Shringaar,” Amrita Sher-Gil, 1940