Women in the Act of Painting is a terrific blog by Philadelphia painter Nancy Bea Miller that contains exactly what it says on the can.
Miller features wonderful variety of periods and styles, gives background information on the artist — and where possible, the subject — with links to additional images on the web by either or both. Most of the images can be clicked for larger versions.
In contrast to the (also excellent) Women Painting Women blog (my article here), the women painting here are the subjects, and the creators of the works are of both genders (though self-portraits by women artists abound).
You can browse by artist name in the right hand column, or simply click through the “Older Posts” link at the bottom of the pages, as I did, to be continually delighted and enlightened.
(Images above: Avril Thomas, Félix Edouard Vallotton, Lea Colie Wight, Louise-Élisabeth Vigée-Lebrun, Berthe Morisot, John Singer Sargent, Shoen Uemura, Sadie Jernigan Valeri, Edward Hopper, Henri Fantin-Latour, Nancy Bea Miller)
NB Miller, personal blog
Nancy Bea Miller on Artists' House Galleries
Nancy Bea Miller Art News
9 Replies to “Women in the Act of Painting”
Wow, I really like the 3rd,6th,7th and 8h ones.
And cool cross periods thematic. Interesting to compare the different treatments.
Definitely interesting to see such a similar subject realized in such diverse ways over the years. Fascinating post.
Wow, thank you so much! I am amazed and grateful to find my Women in the Act of Painting project featured here on Lines and Colors. What a wonderful surprise!
My oldest WAP piece dates from about 2055 B.C. and continues up through today. Every continent is represented. I actually love to include images of women engaged in all kinds of fine art-making, and have some printmakers and sculptors in the mix too, but these images are harder to find. Many thanks again for the wonderful shout-out!
Nancy Bea Miller is an amazing researcher, a sensitive and generous writer, and a wonderful painter. Her comprehensive and elegant blog is a gift to all. I am delighted that she has brought my attention to lines and colors.
When I was very young I used to be an artist model to two female painters. They gave me pocket money. The first one was French, the other was Austrian.
The wonderful “Story of Women and Art” is a brandnew 3-part TV series by the BBC that should not be absent in this article.
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Is it possible to profile Margaret Neilson Armstrong for me, svp? I like her flower paintings.
That may be difficult. There are not a lot of resources on her work, and she died recently enough (1944) that her work is still under copyright. There is a good selection on the Met Museum site, but they are not reproduced large because of the copyright issue: http://www.metmuseum.org/collection/the-collection-online/search?ft=Margaret+Neilson+Armstrong&noqs=true
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