Ruth Leon recommends…By Women, for Women: American Art Posters of the 1890s 

Ruth Leon recommends…By Women, for Women: American Art Posters of the 1890s 

By Women, for Women: American Art Posters of the 1890s 

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Here’s a must-read article by Shannon Vittoria from the Met Museum’s Perspectives series about how women emerged as active creators of art and visual culture in the nineteenth century.

In November 1898, the London-based periodical The Poster published its first and only article to focus on the work of a woman artist.

Written by the French critic S. C. de Soissons, ‘Ethel Reed and Her Art’ opened with the following assessment of the progress American women had made in their quest to ‘conquer’ the art world: ‘I am not sure whether the movement of the emancipation of woman was started in America, but I am positive that there is no other country where the tendency to shake off the fetters put on her by man is stronger than in the United States; hence the continuous striving of the fair sex to conquer certain fields of activity. . . and naturally they have not forgotten art.’

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