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FAY GODWIN

Sadly and strangely I wrote this statement for the National Museum of Women in the Arts exhibition in Florida that I was showing with earlier this year; 2005.

It was entitled "The Woman Who Inspires Me"

"Fay is an extraordinary woman and photographer. Starting in the 60`s she boldly went into landscape and saving the environment . I became addicted to photography after I had been to her workshop where she taught me to see; to look. She came to my exhibitions and still encourages me although I have gone `digital`."

On March 5th this year I rang her to ask if I could put her name forward to the National Museum of Women Artists, Washington.

She sorta said OK. we chatted; then I was off to Florida. A mutual friend emailed me the news of her death. Unfortunately I was unable to attend her funeral or her Memorial.

When I got home and met local friends in town everyone was and still are sadden by our loss. She was brave and true.

A `character`

A staunch supporter of what she saw as right; the Land and Environment; and much more. She for me, still held excitement and energy for her craft, art; her ability to want to learn and teach.

When in Rye we might go for tea, when she had her huge retrospective at the Barbican, London she was surprised I was able to `stay up that late` for the opening. She made me larf .in 2000 I had an exhibition at the Barbican I told her, "but mine was tiny and near the toilet ..in the Toilet..?? No Fay near the toilet."

I love her ..

scarlet james August 05

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BIOGRAPHY

Fay Godwin

1931 Born Berlin, Germany, father a British diplomat, mother an American artist. Educated at various schools all over the world. 1958 Settled down to live in London. 1966 Became interested in photography through photographing her young children. No training. 1975 Publication of first co-author book, The Oldest Road, with writer J.R.L. Anderson. Exhibitions from the series toured nationally. 1978 Recipient of major award from Arts Council of Great Britain to continue landscape work in British Isles, much of which is included in Land. 1984 Start of British Councils overseas tour of Landscape Photographs. 1985 Publication of Land. Major exhibition of Land at the Serpentine Gallery, London. 1986 South Bank Show their first full-length documentary to feature a photographer. 1986/7 Fellow at the National Museum of Photography, Film & Television, Bradford. 1987/90 President of the Ramblers' Association, UK. Then life vice president. 1990 Awarded Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Photographic Society. 1990 six week lecture and workshop tour of New Zealand. 1992 Awarded Honorary Fellowship by the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland. 1995 Award from Northern Arts for the Year of the Visual Arts, and from the Erna and Victor Hasselblad Foundation to work on the contribution of small farmers to the character of the Cumbrian landscape. Major retrospective at the Barbican Centre in London 2001, with accompanying publication, Honorary Doctotorate of Arts at De Montfort University, 2002. Died, May 2005 aged 74.

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The Times, Tuesday May 31st, 2005

Fay Godwin

February 17, 1931 - May 27, 2005

Acclaimed photographer with a striking ability to recognise and reflect the components of a landscape

FAY GODWIN was one of the supreme exponents of that most English of obsessions, contemplation of the British landscape. As a landscape photographer she had no betters and few equals in a career stretching over 40 years. Her output was prodigious: thousands of images, all memorable and many sublime. Her photographic compass, in black and white until 1999, was narrow but superbly controlled and perfectly directed to her view of herself and her mission: "I've been called a Romantic photographer and I hate it. It sounds slushy and my work is not slushy. I'm a documentary photographer, my work is about reality, but that shouldn't mean I can't be creative."

Fay Godwin was born in Berlin, the daughter of a British diplomat and his American artist wife. She was educated at various schools as the family moved around the world, but in 1958 settled in London, where she took a job with the publisher John Murray. Although she had no formal training she had become interested in photography through taking pictures of her children. With the break-up of her marriage to Anthony Godwin, the editor-in-chief of Penguin books, she began to take photographs for a living.

Her publishing background suggested portraiture as a lucrative avenue, and she started taking photographs of writers for use in their publicity material. Phillip Larkin, Arnold Wesker, Ted Hughes and Saul Bellow were among her sitters, all photographed in the soft natural light that was emerging as her preference. These early meetings led to major collaborations with writers, including Islands (1978) with John Fowles, Remains of Elmet (1979), and Elmet (1994) with Ted Hughes.

In her early career, Godwin was unsure which direction her photography would take. She was already an accomplished photojournalist and she considered freelance magazine photography. But this work is always ill-paid, and requires the photographer to be always available and on call, so she plumped for book illustration instead.

After an early bad experience of illustrating a book on commission she decided that her future lay in working on her own projects. Influenced by the Lake District guides of Alfred Wainwright, her first book was a walkers' guide, written in collaboration with J. R. L. Anderson, The Oldest Road: An Exploration of the Ridgeway (1975).

In 1978 her talent as a landscape photographer was recognised by a major award from the Arts Council, which led to the publication of her most influential work Land (1985). A compilation of work undertaken over a ten-year period, this showed Godwin at her most fluent, documenting British landscapes from the Orkneys to the Sussex coast. Her ability to recognise and reflect the components of a landscape was striking: Stones of Stenness, Orkney (1979) shows a group of standing stones contrasting intriguingly with a circular hay bale. In Large White Cloud near Bilsington, Kent (1981), she used no more than a furrowed field, a tree and a cloud to produce an enduring image of the countryside of the South of England.

Her use of line, light and shade and direction was classic rather than innovative. In Path and Reservoir above Lumbutts, Yorkshire (1977), the path leads the eye into the picture from the bottom left, a stone wall picks up the path and leads to the reservoir. Careful technical control ensures that the reservoir is highlit, the path and surrounding grass are of medium tone, present but not overwhelming. The surrounding hills are dark, as is the sky, save for a sunburst on the horizon. It is as mature a piece of photographic art as one could wish, Godwin at her most accomplished.

In 1986 Godwin was awarded a fellowship at the National Museum of Photography, Film & Television in Bradford and spent her year exploring the host city by way of colour photography. It was her first sustained colour period, and she produced a body of work which was interesting rather than influential. She continued to work in colour, her images changing to soft, abstract, lyrical treatments of mainly natural subjects. A number of these mixed media photographs were shown in Glassworks and Secret Lives (1999), which she published herself after being unable to find a commercial publisher, perhaps because the work was so unlike what her public had come to expect.

Working alone or in collaboration she published more than 20 books. With Alan Sillitoe she produced a guide book, The Saxon Shore Way (1983); with J. R. L. Anderson she published The Oldest Road (1975); and there were also volumes with Richard Ingrams, Derek Cooper and Peter Purves. Apart from Land, her most influential was Our Forbidden Land (1990), which followed her presidency of the Ramblers Association, and found its origins in her long-held antipathy to all those who sought to restrict access to the countryside.

Her work was exhibited all over the world, and she was as happy to be seen in the smallest galleries. She held many exhibitions at the Rye Art Gallery in East Sussex, but there were major showings too at the Victoria and Albert Museum (1976), the Hayward Gallery (1980) and the Barbican (2001).

Such a body of work does not come easily. Time and patience are prerequisites. One commentator suggested to Godwin that she had been lucky to catch a certain perfect sky. "I didn't catch it," was Godwin's reply. "I sat down and waited three days for it."

She is survived by two sons.

Fay Godwin, photographer, was born on February 17, 1931. She died on May 27, 2005, aged 74.

The Guardian, Tuesday May 31, 2005 by Ian Jeffrey

FAY GODWIN

Photographic chronicler of our changing natural world

Fay Godwin, who has died aged 74, was an outstanding landscape photographer, in line of succession to Edwin Smith, Bill Brandt and Ray Moore. The book for which she will be most remembered is Land (Heinemann, 1985).

Designed by Ken Garland, it is stylish in the classic mode, but what sets Land apart is the care that Fay gave to the combining and sequencing of its pictures. Working with contact prints on a board, she put together a picture of Britain as ancient terrain - stony, windswept and generally worn down by the elements.

It is in the neo-romantic tradition, but also gives an oddly desolate account of Britain, as if reporting on a long abandoned country. We like to think of it as belonging to a British tradition in topography, and we leave it at that. However, we should remember that Land is a book of photographs - and that photographers are aware of photographic culture.

At that time, the model was Robert Frank's dystopian account, The Americans (1959). In 1975, Josef Koudelka contributed Gypsies, a vision of the family of man fallen on very hard times. Fay's rendering was more lyrical, but a lot of the evidence in the pictures points to mediocre development and careless desecration. The book concludes with a set of what she called "stranded materials", L-shaped cement slabs used as sea defences at Pett Level, Sussex, where she had a house. The slabs, with what look like eyeholes, seem to stare towards the sun: found versions of the Easter Island memorials.

Fay was born in Berlin. Her father was a British diplomat and her mother an American painter. She was educated at nine schools and, in the 1950s, after working for a travel company, she went into publishing. In 1961, she married Tony Godwin, of Penguin Books. They separated in 1969, by which time she had begun her photography.

Her first book, co-authored with JRL Anderson, was The Oldest Road: An Exploration Of The Ridgeway (Wildwood House, 1975). It was designed by Ken Garland and Associates, who also designed her other Wildwood books: The Drovers' Roads Of Wales (written by Shirley Toulson, 1977) and Romney Marsh And The Royal Military Canal (written by Richard Ingrams, 1980). In 1975, she took the pictures for The Oil Rush (written by Mervyn Jones, 1976, and published by Quartet).

The Garland-designed books, in a square format, are attractive items, but they are documentaries, sometimes murkily printed. The same was true of The Oil Rush, a thoroughgoing piece of reportage taken at Aberdeen and Peterhead, and on the North Sea oil rigs themselves. In a note in the book, Fay remarked that the pictures were taken during an August heatwave, and that several times she "was refused permission to make trips to rigs, platforms, pipelaying barges and other facilities, because I am a woman."

It is worth pointing out that these early books, with their many pictures, represented publishers' attempts to cope with television, the medium that was promising to make photographic documentary a thing of the past. From the 1970s onwards, photographers had to look elsewhere to survive, and a preferred option was to turn to art.

Fay's entry into art proper came with Remains Of Elmet: A Pennine Sequence (Faber and Faber, 1979) with poems by Ted Hughes. Elmet, associated with the Calder valley, west of Halifax, was the last Celtic kingdom to fall to the Angles. It fostered the industrial revolution in textiles, but, by the 1970s, when Fay went there, it had decayed to the point of looking like a figure for the end of the world.

This description may be unfair to Calderdale, but Remains Of Elmet has to be understood as an invention in the apocalyptic style, which interested photographers in the 1970s (and which certainly informed Land). Resonantly printed by the Scolar Press, Ilkley, it looks like a thoroughly self-confident work in art, but it was assembled with difficulty, the pictures taken on camping trips with children in a Renault 4.

In fact, none of Fay's early successes were easily come by, for they all entailed trips to the wilder part of Britain. During the 1950s, she had severely damaged a knee in a skiing accident, and that was always a hindrance, although not one which she let stand in her way, for she became president of the Ramblers' Association during the late 1980s.

There is one odd picture in Remains Of Elmet of a spent cartridge case lying in long grass next to a pile of grouse droppings. It is an emblematic picture, and a pointer to the kind of imagery that would increasingly preoccupy Fay during the later, more radical, phase of her photography.

This culminated in Our Forbidden Land (Jonathan Cape, 1990). The Britain she had investigated for her 1970s guidebooks had alerted her to the destruction wrought, in particular, by road building, military training, forestation and development. She liked ramshackle smallholdings, which were the work of individuals making do and getting by; she hated distant authority. Look at her essay, Who Owns the Land? (1994), 17th in Charter 88's Violations Of Rights In Britain series. In the short-term, she deplored how English Heritage and the National Trust "have copyrighted our heritage", and, in the long term, imagined "an Orwellian future".

Fay told me that she never made very much from publishing, despite 17 books. One way around the problem, she added, was to take a number of copies in lieu of a fee, and sell them after lectures and workshops. Many people in her position would have gone into teaching - and then gone under. She remained independent to the end, and one outcome of this was Glassworks & Secret Lives (Stella Press, 1998), after an exhibition at the Warwick arts centre in 1995.

Photographers hardly ever switch format successfully, and for most of her working life Fay had taken pictures in black and white. The Glassworks series are in colour, and are of foliage - flowers and seed heads seen obscurely through screens and nets.

Why she turned in this direction is a moot point, but many of the pictures remind me of medical imaging. I think she was beginning to reflect on her own mortality, and that she saw herself as implicated in this wider world, in which metamorphosis was the norm.

Fay was a most scrupulous person. Look through her books and you will find many acknowledgements, especially to printers and designers. She was well aware that nothing is got for nothing, and that we exist in a web of dependencies. She was a great manager, I always thought, and indomitable. She is survived by her sons, Jeremy and Nick.

Fay Godwin, photographer, born February 17 1931; died May 27 2005

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The Independent, Thursday June 2, 2005 by Val Williams

Fay Godwin

Photographer fascinated by the landscape and ancient roadways of Britain Fay Simmonds, photographer: born Berlin 17 February 1931; President, Ramblers' Association 1987-90, Life Vice-President 1990; married 1961 Tony Godwin (two sons; marriage dissolved); died Hastings, East Sussex 27 May 2005.

When the photographer Fay Godwin appeared as a guest on Desert Island Discs in the spring of 2002, her choice of music was a telling blend of the rambunctious (Bill Haley's "Rock Around the Clock") and the elegiac (Benjamin Britten's Suite for Cello).

Godwin's photography ranged from lyrical photographs of the British landscape to penetrating portraits of some of the UK's leading literary figures, including Ted Hughes, Angela Carter and Philip Larkin. She transcended numerous cultural barriers in her photographic work - she worked alongside Hughes (on Remains of Elmet, 1979), the playwright Alan Sillitoe (The Saxon Shore Way: from Gravesend to Rye, 1983) and the novelist John Fowles (Land, 1985) on books about the British landscape, and combined photography with political activism when she became President of the Ramblers' Association in 1987, producing a remarkable visual polemic, Our Forbidden Land, in 1990.

Fay Godwin was passionate about photography, about the students she taught at photographers' workshops, the environment, the position of women in society, health issues and her home on the bleak Romney marshes of Kent. A conversation at a private view would quickly rise above the small-talk of such occasions and become a powerful (and usually one-sided) blast on the state of photography, women's lives and the environment.

She was born Fay Simmonds in 1931 in Berlin, to Sidney Simmonds, a British diplomat, and Stella MacLean, an American artist. In the Fifties, she settled in London and, in 1961, married Penguin Books' editor-in-chief Tony . Through her husband, Fay was introduced to the lively London literary scene, subject matter for many of her later portraits. But Fay Godwin was a relative latecomer to photography; self-taught, she honed her skills by photographing her two young children, Nicholas and Jeremy. When her marriage broke down in the Seventies (soon afterwards Tony Godwin died), photography became a job rather than a hobby as she produced photographs of authors for book jackets and publishers' promotion.

Fay Godwin established herself as a defender of the craft, as well as the art, of photography. Along with John Davies, Thomas Joshua Cooper and John Blakemore, she became internationally known as a maker of fine black-and-white photographic prints which reflected a deep and mystical regard for the landscape. She was one of the first British independent photographers to break away from the confines of the editorial and commercial worlds. Like so many photographers who became prominent in the Seventies, she was determined to fight for the right to follow her own photographic convictions, to choose her own subject matter and to work at her own speed.

Godwin was fascinated by the antiquity of the land, by the traces which men and women had left behind them, manifested, in her early projects, by ancient roadways across the countryside. The Oldest Road: an exploration of the Ridgeway appeared in 1975 and The Drovers' Roads of Wales in 1977. But it was Remains of Elmet (1979), with photographs by Godwin and poems by Ted Hughes, that brought her the acclaim which established her as one of Europe's master photographers. The photo historian Philip Stokes noted that her photographic studies of the landscape have a felicity which flows from their rightness, rather from any gentling of her view of the places photographed. Indeed, some convey a sense of formidable, cold hardness. Many are located in the old, used lands formed by the activities of predecessor tribes, ranging from Bronze Age agriculturalists to early industrial man. The marks of each on the earth are recorded by Fay Godwin with such impartial completeness that the limitations on information lie with the perceiver rather than the image.

In 1976, Godwin's photographs were included in the V&A's exhibition The Land, selected by Bill Brandt in collaboration with the museum's new curator of photographs, Mark Haworth-Booth. For the leading members of the emerging photo establishment, Godwin symbolised a new breed of landscape photographer, combining a challenge to sentimental pictorialism with a commitment to the rugged poetic possibilities of landscape photography. Her black-and-white fine prints repudiated the brightly coloured representations of Britain which had become so familiar in the post-war years. Here, they announced, is a landscape of mystery and imagination, of wild places, hard rocks and cold water, contradicting a view of Britain as a gentle idyll of thatched cottages, limpid streams and peaceful meadows. Godwin's countryside was violent and forbidding, a lonely and magnificent place.

In Seventies Britain, fine photographic reproduction was expensive, complex and often unobtainable. Although Godwin's books promoted her photography to an audience far beyond the small and marginalised UK photographic community, she was determined to present her photographs as meticulously produced artworks. From the beginning, she showed not at the emerging photographic galleries opening in London and the regions, but at the fine art Anthony Stokes Gallery in the West End. As one of the first post-war British photographers to be accepted by the British art world, she paved the way for later generations of artist photographers, eager to widen their opportunities beyond the photographic circuit.

By the mid-Eighties, Godwin was at the height of her photographic powers. Her work was popular across a wide range of audiences, from fine print collectors and exhibition curators to a public intrigued by her sense of adventure and her revelations of Britain's hidden landscape. At the height of the growth of the heritage industry, where the past was reconstructed to entertain the present, there was something authentic about Godwin's view of history. She recorded the small marks which mankind made on the land, scratchings on a hardly permeable surface.

In 1984, the British Council toured a solo show of Godwin's work across Europe, ensuring her international reputation, and a year later, her exhibition Land opened at the Serpentine Gallery. Land made Godwin famous, and the still gravitas of these small black-and-white photographs hung on the walls of the Serpentine's pavilion in the lush greenery of Hyde Park was moving and monumental. Her photographs had a stark simplicity which appealed to both press and public.

In her travels through Britain's wildest terrains, Godwin became increasingly aware of how little of our countryside we are allowed access to. She was appalled by the amount of land held (and unused) by the Ministry of Defence, disturbed by the extensive private estates which prevented the British public from exploring its natural heritage. She was shocked that the National Trust should demand a fee when she photographed landscapes held in trust for the nation. Increasingly radical, she became a central figure in the Ramblers' Association, taking up its presidency in 1987.

For her next project, Our Forbidden Land, she searched for locations which would illustrate the loss of public access to the British countryside. She photographed notices, crudely scrawled with directives to keep out, land littered with detritus by the MoD, footpaths blocked and rights of way obscured. She abandoned her usual collaboration and wrote the text herself, producing a powerful and impassioned plea for the right to roam. If this new work appealed less to collectors, it could only enhance her reputation with a British public increasingly interested in the natural environment. Our Forbidden Land was published in 1990 and won the first Green Book of the Year award; the Royal Photographic Society organised an exhibition of prints from the project and Godwin became an Honorary Fellow of the Society.

Black-and-white landscape photography, with its concern for fine printing, has a particular and dedicated following. Godwin's sessions at the Duckspool Photographic Workshops in Somerset proved to be a huge draw. It was surprising, then, when she made an abrupt change in her photographic method. She began to work in colour, making urban landscapes during a residency at the National Museum of Photography, Film and Television in Bradford and Glassworks & Secret Lives (1999), a series of minutely detailed close-ups of natural forms. Godwin was unable to find a publisher for this latest series but, indefatigable as ever, she self-published, distributing the book from a small local bookshop in her adopted town of Rye.

To meet Fay Godwin in these later years was to encounter a woman whose disappointment with the publishing and arts establishment was clear and vocal. An invitation from the Barbican Art Gallery in London to mount a retrospective (Landmarks, 2001) was a compliment she undoubtedly had not been expecting.

Godwin was a complex, surprising and often daunting character. She battled with ill-health for much of her adult life, yet walked hundreds of miles in wild country carrying heavy photographic equipment. She was an independent woman who succeeded at a time when photography was anything but a woman's world. She expressed her anger towards the establishment at the same time as supplying a connoisseurs' market with exquisite fine prints. Many claims are made for photography as an agent of change, and most are spurious. But Fay Godwin's use of landscape photographs to change the way we look at our world was genuinely, and powerfully, radical.

LADY ELIZABETH THOMPSON BUTLER 1846 - 1933

Elizabeth Thompson, who became known as Lady Butler after her marriage to Major General Sir William Butler, was born in Lausanne, Switzerland, in 1846. Due to an inheritance clause her father was not allowed to hold a profession so the whole family traveled and explored culture, history and the arts. Their father schooled both her sister Alice Meynell who became a poet and Elizabeth who early on showed an aptitude for painting and drawing. She later spent time at the South Kensington School, London, studied in France, Florence and Rome. Elizabeth was passionate about matters equine and military; which shows in her extraordinary painting, Quatre Bras, 1815; she re-created an incident from the Battle of Waterloo by arranging the Royal Engineers to pose in a field of trampled rye which her mother had bought for the occasion.

Later when it was shown, Ruskin wrote: "I never approached a picture with more iniquitous prejudice against it than I did Miss Thompson`s `Quatre Bras`, partly because I always said that no woman could paint. But it is an Amazon`s work this.."

In 1874 Elizabeth sent her large painting " Calling the Roll before an Engagement - The Crimea" to the Royal Academy committee which they greeted with great acclaim raising their hats and a round of `huzzas`

It was hung in pride of place; the crowds that came to the exhibition left with tears in their eyes, so moved were they by her dedication to detail and painstaking research, as now the Crimean War was becoming a fading memory of the British public and this scene evoked deep emotion. Queen Victoria showed great interest in the painting which she`d had sent to her at Buckingham Palace, and later at Windsor Castle to show to the Tsar, and she wanted to buy it.

Actually it had been commissioned by a prominent manufacturer from Manchester, but on reflection and finding out who wanted it, agreed to sell if Miss Thompson would later paint him another picture and he could have a print. The Queen requested an engraving should be made so prints could be sold enabling people to hang the picture in their homes.

After the exhibition had ended the painting was taken to show Florence Nightingale, who was dying, to remind her of her work in the war. `Roll Call` brought Elizabeth fame and fortune, and as well as that `she was proud to be among the first painters ever to get the movement of a horse`s leg right, in the officers mount on the left of the picture`

She was always careful and faithful to detail of her portrayals; soldiers would go to her studio in Portsmouth, England and pose with their weapons and in their uniforms they had worn in the actual battle. `Scotland Forever` is a later masterpiece it is only 40 inches high, the soldiers are not icons they are men, part of a speeding Calvary Charge, a magnificent work of art and record.

Whilst she and her husband were living in Ireland she heard about a woman`s plight, she quickly gathered her easel and materials and went to the scene and recorded the `Evicted`..there was no buyer for the picture ..

At this time there was no demand for this genre of painting and battle scenes were going out of fashion .but still and although Elizabeth had been excluded from membership of the Royal Academy ( by 2 votes) she continued to paint until her death in 1933

Elizabeth Thompson; Lady Butler was an important, famous artist, an intelligent, warm and witty woman who helped to change peoples' attitudes towards women artists.

Information and illustrations can be found in Germain Greer`s book, The Obstacle Race, and also on various websites.

Domestic Violence and Music Therapy
Examines the power of using popular music, something people already listen to, as a way for people to express their feelings. Includes examples of therapeutic messages in popular music as well as original music by Freudian Slip, therapeutic rock band.

Butterfyling in and around The lives of Women artists
ELISABETTA SIRANI OF BOLOGNA 1638 - 1665

Most dutiful daughters of the time were expected to marry, look after their family or retreat into a nunnery or servitude. Women were not encouraged to value their artistic talents in fact it was frowned upon as their important and possibly their only value was to serve their husbands and fathers and raise children. In many families where the father was a renowned painter sons were encouraged and even sent to schools to better their skills, and daughters sometimes, were allowed to watch and maybe assist their father and brothers at work whilst carrying out their duties around the home; in the case of Elisabetta her father Giovan Andrea Sirani was encouraged by Count Malvasia to teach her to paint . The Count who was a director of the Accademia del Nudo and a collector could see that she was gifted and fast. By sixteen she was impressing people so much with her talent and ease and swiftness of her brush stokes she attracted audiences who were suspicious that her father was the real author of her paintings. Actually by that time she was supporting the whole family as Giovan`s hands had become arthritic.

"On the thirteenth of May his most serene Highness Cosimo Grand Duke of Tuscany was in our house to see my paintings, and I in his presence worked on a picture of the Lord Prince Leopold, his uncle, in which alluding to the three particular virtues of that great house, there is Justice assisted by Charity and Prudence, sketching in really quickly the whole of the baby suckled by Charity, etc. he ordered me to make a Blessed Virgin Mary for himself, and I did it at once and in time so that on the day of his return to Florence he had it with him." It seems her father was reluctant to find her a husband and lose her income which he took as if she was an apprentice in his bottega. Busy as she was she found time to make gifts of paintings or for her mother to sell on the side; she sang and wrote poetry and played the harp, at night she retired to pray. In such a short life she managed to do so much to help women who wanted to paint for paintings sake; in Bologna she opened an art school for women, many of whom did not come from a family of painters, maybe if she had lived longer women`s art might have become more prominent sooner. She taught both her sisters Barbara and Anna Marie who became accomplished painters.

She was said to paint spontaneously and instinctively in a Baroque style but in an unpretentious manner. On the 24th August 1665, whilst Bologna was celebrating St Bartholomew`s Day Elisabetta was finishing a picture for Eleonore Gonzaga when she suddenly became violently ill and collapsed with severe stomach pains. She died the next day. It was thought that she had been poisoned by a jealous maid who was tried but later acquitted. Although the rumours and suspicious grew the reason for her early death was probably caused by neglect of her health and the hard work she put in to keep the family and fulfill the many commissions she undertook that brought about her ulcerated stomach. Elisabetta was given a splendid funeral with music and poetry, dignitaries and artists and an elaborate catafalque with a life size sculpture of herself, and as an acknowledgement of her artistic acclaim she was buried in the same vault as another great Bolognese artist Guido Reni, in San Domenico.

She left a list of 150 paintings but there were possibly more.

Madonna and Child (oil on canvas 34x27inches) is one of her many famous paintings.

More information can be found in such books as Germain Greer`s The Obstacle Race, The National Museum of Women in the Arts and their website.

July 2004

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April 2004

Georgia O'Keeffe - biography images
An illustrated biography of the artist offering quotes, photos, and artwork samples.

February 3rd, 2004

Women In Photography International
Women In Photography International Gallery Presentation

Last Expression
Exploration of the art created by the prisoners at the concentration camp Auschwitz.

Historical Women Artists
This page focuses primarily on women artists, but with selected male artists also, especially in the ancient-medieval sections.

August 29th, 2003

May 4th, 2003

KATHLEEN LARAIA MC LAUGHLIN
My purpose is to capture and convey images of their way of life before it becomes further compromised by globalization.

April 08th, 2003

Lotte Jacobi
(1896 - 1990)
She captured -- in black and white -- the essence of, among others, scientist Albert Eintsein, dramatist Kurt Weill, actress Lotte Lenya, first lady Eleanor Roosevelt, author Loren Eiseley, poet Robert Frost, philosopher Thomas Mann, painter Marc Chagall, actor Peter Lorre and musician Pablo Casals. Born in West Prussia, trained by her father, she was forced to flee Hitler's Germany

March 30th, 2003

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Arts -Interviews - Biographies -Essays

CATHERINE OF BOLOGNA
Caterina dei Vigri /Vegri (1413-1463)

WOMANS EARLY ART
Links To Arts - Music -Historical Women

October 30th, 2002

CRITICAL SELF PORTRAITURE: THE PHOTOGRAPHS OF ANNE NOGGLE
The photographs of Anne Noggle focus on aspects of life that many would like to forget, particularly the effects of aging on herself and those around her.

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Susan Meiselas' photographs have taken her all over the world. Her images have been published in magazines, she has written several books and has co-directed and co-produced two films.

Georgia O'Keeffe - biography, images
Georgia O'Keeffe, biography of an American Artist, images of paintings and the artist

October 14th, 2002

PHOTOGRAPHY AS ART: PICTORIALISM TO PHOTO SECESSION
The advent of Pictorialism in the second half of the Nineteenth century was seen as the first attempt to bring photography into the realm of fine art. Pictorialists used a painterly approach, often manipulating their images by hand. The attempt to create painterly photographs was intentional, since painting has for centuries been established as a fine art. Pictorialism attracted many early photographers including Gertrude Kasebier, Alice Boughton, and Anne W. Brigman. Many photographers were attracted to Pictorialism for its romanticism and sentimentality, ideas which touched all the arts at this time.

"WHAT A WOMAN CAN DO WITH A CAMERA"
Frances Benjamin Johnston made her mark on both portraiture and documentary photography. Like many other early women photographers, she began her career photographing her family, friends and acquaintances.

20th Century
National Museum Of Woman In The Arts

August 1st, 2002

Yoko Ono
YOKO ONO IN 1992 (FROM THE PREFACE OF SHE'S A REBEL BY GILLIAN G. GAAR): .

Barbara Kruger
Quote by Juliana Engberg: 'Barbara Kruger's on going project is to provoke questions about power and its effect on the human condition: to investigate the way power is constructed, used and abused. In her works, which have become the demonstrative visual icons of the 1980s and 1990s, power is interrogated and interpreted through the social, economic and political arrangements which motor the life impulses of love, hate, sex and death.

July 15th, 2002

Women Photographers
PHOTOGRAPHY AS ART: PICTORIALISM TO PHOTO SECESSION

The advent of Pictorialism in the second half of the Nineteenth century was seen as the first attempt to bring photography into the realm of fine art. Pictorialists used a painterly approach, often manipulating their images by hand. The attempt to create painterly photographs was intentional, since painting has for centuries been established as a fine art. Pictorialism attracted many early photographers including Gertrude Kasebier, Alice Boughton, and Anne W. Brigman. Many photographers were attracted to Pictorialism for its romanticism and sentimentality, ideas which touched all the arts at this time.

June 8th, 2002

Julia Margaret Cameron
Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-1879) was one of the great pioneers of photography as an art form. In the early 1860s, when she was already in middle age, she began making photographs of her family, her neighbors on the Isle of Wight, and her illustrious circle of friends, which included the poet laureate Alfred Lord Tennyson, the mathematician and author Charles Dodgson (better known as Lewis Carroll), and William Holman Hunt and other prominent painters of the Pre-Raphaelite school. The historian of photography Beaumont Newhall has described her portraits as "among the most noble and impressive yet produced by means of the camera."

June 4th, 2002

Women Pioneers of Photography
Few women photographers are cited in the most popular books on the history of photography, for which there could be several reasons. One is that history has a habit of becoming repeated and in turn quoted, with the result that it becomes the established lore even when the story may have been incorrect. In fact, women were very active in this field and deserve far greater prominence than has been accorded to them. This brief article can only scratch at the surface; those wishing to pursue this further are well advised to read "A History of Women Photographers" by Naomi Rosenblum, published by the Abbeville

May 12th, 2002

Women Social Protest
Exploring themes of social protest in women's music and arts.

March 11th, 2002

Women Come to the Front Journalists, Photographers, and Broadcasters During World War II
CLARE BOOTHE LUCE Talented, wealthy, beautiful, and controversial, Clare Boothe Luce (1903-1987) is best remembered as a congresswoman (1942-1946), ambassador, playwright, socialite, and spouse of magazine magnate Henry R. Luce of Time-Life-Fortune. Less familiar is Luce's wartime journalism, which included a book, Europe in the Spring (1940) and many on-location articles for Life.

Women Come to the Front Journalists, Photographers, and Broadcasters During World War II
DOROTHEA LANGE Like Esther Bubley, Dorothea Lange (1895-1965) documented the change on the homefront, especially among ethnic groups and workers uprooted by the war.

Feb 21st, 2002

Hypatia of Alexandria
Hypatia of Alexandria, Egypt who lived from 370 A.D. until her death in 415 A.D. is my one of my favorite women in the history

Egptian Love Poetry, c. 2000 - 1100 BCE
THE WOMEN WARRIORS
FOR DECADES, SCHOLARS HAVE SEARCHED FOR ANCIENT MATRIARCHIES. WILL THEY EVER FIND ONE?

Jan 06th, 2002

National Museum of Women in the Arts Table of Contents
National Museum of Women in the Arts, the only museum in the world dedicated exclusively to recognizing the contributions of women artists.

300 Important Women Artists Medieval to Modern
Arranged Chronologically from Prehistoric to This Year

Dec 10th, 2001

THE FEMINIST CRITIQUE OF HEGEL ON WOMEN AND THE FAMILY
For many contemporary feminist writers, Virginia Woolf's portrait of her own alter-ego, the "angel in the house" whose self-sacrificial impulses she routinely had to suppress before beginning her day of writing, offers a fair description of woman's disposition and virtue, as seen through the prism of traditional culture

Mother of All Art and Art History Links

Women in Prehistory
The Venus of Willendorf
WHAT'S IN A NAME?

IMAGES OF WOMEN IN ANCIENT ART
Issues of Interpretation and Identity

Nov 17th, 2001

Female Figures In Greek Sculpture
Thumbnails, with links to larger images, of sculpture featuring goddess and mythological figures from ancient Greece.

Kore
In ancient Greece, some "maiden" or "Kore" figures show remarkable self-assurance. Part of an online university seminar. Well-illustrated.

The Muses
Poetry, song, history were personified in Greece by the Muses. Here's a site with more information on these deities

Oct 09, 2001

Women Photographers In Action

Woman have been using photography since its creation to actively take part in the recording of history, documenting events, and creating a medium for political and emotional expression.

Oct 02, 2001

Sept 17, 2001

Women Artists Of The West

W.A.O.W., founded in 1971, is an organization dedicated to the support and promotion of women artists. The founders were initially a small group of women artists in Southern California, painting western themes, but W.A.O.W. has grown to include women artists throughout the world. This site includes information about membership, links to member artists' Web pages, and an extensive list of art resource links.

Margie Adam - Singer, Songwriter, Activist

Margie's website shines with the fierce and tender spirit of Women's Music. Includes Women's Music history, links to other musicians and progressive feminist organizations.

Sept 10 2001

Resources

Offers books and authors, journals and presses, tools and resources, announcements and calls for papers.

African-American women detail the slave experience

Scanned images of manuscript pages and full text of the writings of several African-American women detail the slave experience in at the personal level.

Women's lives in the United States

The accounts of 18 foreign travelers describe the conditions of Women's lives in the United States, accessed chronologically or topically for comparisons

Salem Village Witchcraft Trials of 1692

Accurate general information about the infamous Salem Village Witchcraft Trials of 1692: verbatim transcripts, map of the village, the Danvers memorial, names and quotations from the victims.

Information on Women in the US

fairly current information on women in the United States: education levels, percentage voting, single mothers, and more.

Resources for Jewish Women

Helps locate historical resources on Jewish women scattered throughout North America; provides educational programs and publishes resources, including posters with study guides. Rebecca Gratz, Molly Picon and Lillian Wald are featured with photographs, speeches, film clips, letters and more.

Sept 03 2001

African American Women Photographers
Wonderful links to various types of art media. and Broadcasters During World War II

Women Come To the Front
Journalists, Photographers, and Broadcasters During World War II

Kodak Girl
This site contains images of female photographers, magazines and much more. Enjoy!

August 27 2001

Women in Photography Archive
Women Photographers and the American Indian

Notable women
An expanding list of biographies introducing notable women in many fields of activity, cross-indexed for easy retrieval.

Speeches
The text of speeches made by influential contemporary women, arranged alphabetically and chronologically.

Aug 17th 2001


 

Strength
Biography and photos of the founder of Palmer Memorial Institute in North Carolina, a school for African-American women founded in 1902.

 

United In Horror
On March 25, 1911, the Triangle Shirt Waist Factory in New York City caught fire. 146 workers, mostly young women, had been locked in the sweatshop, and died in full view of their families and neighbors. The horror strengthened union organizing and important workplace reforms. Documents, audio histories, photos, bibliography, and archives are presented especially for high school researchers.

Culture
Peruse the museum's permanent collection, take a video tour of the museum, or read artisits' profiles.

Unfolding
A collection of thousands of high resolution images, plus statements from the artists, biographical sketches, critical-historical essays, and bibliographies. The site was developed for an on-line class and is available free online.

Sports
Includes profiles of athletes and coaches, and overview of women in sports and great links.

Women's Health Hot Line

Providing information on women's health to the media and the public since 1994.

Independence is happiness-Susan B. Anthony

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The Butterfly

Emerging from the chrysalis of childhood ..
She spread her wings to dry in the warmth of the sun...
The tender flutterings of her newly dried wings..
Gave rise to her yearning soul-light...
Spiritual antennas yearned to contact enlightment..
Each master touched , she absorbed with eagerness,,
The guides led her to many teachers of wisdom..
And, with outspread soul-wings she flew to follow..
Yet another and another..till weary , she rested ..
You will feel her soft touch as she rises ..
Again to seek to quench her thirst..
A Butterfly brushes against your cheeks ..
With delicate touches. that you may not feel ...
But she is there ..
With flutterings so rare..
A Butterfly is in the air!
sequoyah 8/3/01

 

 

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