Why have there been no Great Women Artists?
Or have there? Of course there have, but they have been relegated to the back-bench for centuries.
Thankfully times are changing.
Linda Nochlin’s ground-breaking essay, Why have there been no Great Women Artists? was the first of many feminist attacks on the Western art historical canon to rock the boat. She paved the way for a brighter more egalitarian future to which thankfully we are ebbing closer and closer.
Following in Nochlin's formidable footsteps is The Great Women Artists Instagram account, founded by Katy Hessel in 2015, and, now a new exhibition of work at Grace Belgravia Spa (21 Feb - 8 April).
Featuring the work of four women emerging artists, Ladies' Paradise explores notions of the body and women's internal desires through multi-disciplinary figurative and abstract works.
Ahead of the exhibition, we look at some of the great female artists joining the conversation on Instagram.
London-based artist Venetia Berry paints the nude female figure through an abstracted lens, simplifying the form using delicate indefinite lines.
With her colourful dreamlike figures, she aims to reverse the male gaze, challenging the typical creation of the archetypal sexualised nude.