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Impressionist women artists who paved the way

Posted by: Carol Strickland

I’m a cultural journalist and art critic, author of The Annotated Mona Lisa: A Crash Course in Art History from Prehistoric to Post-Modern and The Annotated Arch: A Crash Course in the History of Architecture. My historical novel, The Eagle and the Swan, is an eBook available from Amazon’s kindle store. It tells the story of Empress Theodora of 6th-century Constantinople, star of the Byzantine mosaics in Ravenna, Italy.

My new enhanced eBook, Impressionism: A Legacy of Light, is being released by Erudition Digital of London in March 2015 for the iPad on the iBooks sites. The goal is to see Impressionism in a whole new light: not just the high-resolution and crystalline clarity offered by the electronic tablet screen, but a narrative account of the men and women who pioneered the innovative style.

Berthe Morisot and Mary Cassatt were significant figures in French Impressionism, while Cecilia Beaux in the Northeast U.S. and Evelyn McCormick in California show the influence of the movement on American painting. While the male Impressionists faced ridicule, poverty, and outrage occasioned by their revolutionary methods, female painters had to overcome even more obstacles due to social convention. The story of their perseverance and accomplishments made them role models for female artists who came after them.

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