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Biographical dictionary of women artists in Europe and America since 1850
Dunford, Penny.
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Publication Information:
Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, [1989]

Physical Description:
xxiv, 340 pages ; 25 cm
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N6757 .D86 1989 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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An alphabetically arranged collection of information on important and successful women artists--their families, training, careers, major influences and artistic associates, the types of art they've produced and where some of it can be found. Includes many color plates and b&w reproductions of art works. An important reference which will help dispel the myths that women artists are not serious, professional, or prolific. Annotation(c) 2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Library Journal Review

Unusual for a reference, this exhaustive, reliable guide offers an important thesis in its noteworthy introduction: that although women artists have been regarded as exceptions in the male domain of fine arts, the hundreds of biographies here suggest that women should instead be recognized for their ``varied and continuous contribution . . . to art.'' Within the standard succinct biographical format, Dunford highlights how women adapted ``the circumstances of their lives . . . to their activity as artists.'' Support or opposition of parents, decision for or against marriage, age of childbearing, etc., are noted. Some entries for contemporary artists are not up to date, and there are minor editing concerns, but this belongs in any serious collection. Highly recommended.-- Mary Hamel- Schwulst, Towson State Univ., Md. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

This very welcome biographical dictionary fills a need for quick reference material on European and American artists since 1850. Chris Pettey's Dictionary of Women Artists (CH, Jul'85) ends at 1900. Each entry consists of a short critical essay on the painter including details of her personal life, a selection of places where her work can be seen, and an individual bibliography. An introductory essay points out the difficulties women encountered in obtaining instruction, acceptance, and financial support. The book is well made on glossy paper with a selection of good quality black-and-white illustrations and 26 color plates. An extensive general bibliography is included. Dunford (Sunderland Polytechnic) has previously published in Burlington Magazine and the Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes. This well-researched and scholarly work will be a most useful addition to the reference collection. Highly recommended for all college libraries and for art libraries at all levels.-P. Brauch, Brooklyn College, CUNY