A studio of her own: women artists in Boston, 1870-1940

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As early as 1889, one Boston art critic had reported that "there is nothing that men do that is not done by women now in Boston." The city of Boston saw perhaps the largest concentration of women artists in the country, and A Studio of Her Owntells the interwoven stories of 40 of them in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It explores their lives and work both individually and communally, taking particular note of the relationships they formed, which enabled many of them to excel. Along with individual portraits of the artists, the book includes discussions of such contextual issues as the importance of the Arts and Crafts movement, concerns of marriage, family and sexuality, and the role of the MFA School. A Studio of Her Ownis the definitive work on an important moment in America's cultural and artistic history.

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This is a beautiful book--lots of art photos. The artists highlighted include one of my favorites, Sarah Wyman Whitman who, among other things, created innovative book designs. I haven't read the book yet--just thumbed through it. Read full review

A studio of her own: women artists in Boston, 1870-1940

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Complementing a Boston Museum of Fine Arts exhibit of the same name, Hirshler's book chronicles the birth and evolution of women artists who trained or were centered in Boston. The John Moors Cabot ... Read full review


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Erica E. Hirshler is Croll Senior Curator of Paintings in the Department of the Art of the Americas at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.