In Praise of the Needlewoman: Embroiderers, Knitters, Lacemakers, and Weavers in Art
Women of all times, places, and stations in life have taken needle in hand, either for the most utilitarian of purposes or for artistic reasons. This collection of beautiful paintings celebrates the centuries-old iconography of women engaged in needlework and the related arts of knitting, lacemaking, and weaving.
Artists have long sought to capture the needlewoman's quiet concentration and artistic endeavor, and many of the loveliest paintings on this theme, from the sixteenth century onward, are presented in this book. Works by such old masters as Vermeer, Chardin, and Velazquez are followed by major works by the Impressionists and Pre-Raphaelites; the selection continues into the twentieth century with paintings by, for example, Vuillard and Dali. Many of these intimate female portraits are by women artists, including Mary Cassatt and Berthe Morisot.
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American Art Museum Anna Ancher appears Art Resource artist background Berthe Morisot blue Caillebotte Camille canvaswork chair Chicago child Claude Monet cloth collar color crocheting cuffs dark decorative depicted dress elegant Embroidering embroidery Erich Lessing flowers Foundation for American frame France Photo French Gallery Garden Giverny gown hair hand Impressionist interior Jean Renoir Jean-Francois Millet John William Waterhouse knitting lace Lacemaker Lady of Shalott Lerolle light London Louvre Lydia Manet Mary Cassatt Maurecourt Metropolitan Museum Millet Monet mother Musee d'Orsay Musees Nationaux Museum of Art neckline needle needlearts needlewoman needlework nineteenth century painter Paris Pasie patterns peasant Penelope perhaps Pierre-Auguste Renoir portrait pose possibly Reunion des Musees scene seated seems sister skirt Smithsonian American Art stitcher stitching style subject-matter symbol Terra Foundation threads vase Vermeer viewer Virgin wall Washington wears Weaver weaving window Woman Sewing women yarn young girl young woman