If you think in the same way as I do, the first few paragraphs will be a little off-putting. If you can’t be bothered to read it all (shame on you), here’s a very brief and insufficient paraphrasing of it: by trying to furiously list women artists who compete with Michelangelo or Picasso, you will only prove the point. The truth is that there have been no ‘Great’ woman artists. Ridiculous claims (I could punch this woman in the face) can be made about, among other things, the supposedly intrinsic inferiority of women’s creativity, but the bloody obvious fact is that women rarely had the opportunity nor the training nor the money nor the space nor the freedom to even entertain the thought of becoming an artist until they at least had the right to own property and vote.
I’ve designed a deck of cards representing woman artists I think could have been Great had they truly had a chance in hell. Many of them were stunningly successful considering the time in which they lived. All of them would have been not only better appreciated but better artists if they’d only had the same chances as their male peers. Nonetheless, they are all artists who I think have made a truly important contribution to art, and I admire each for their own style, method and devotion. I’ve avoided anyone too modern (as inequality in the art world is diminishing bit by bit) or too overtly Feminist (that could be a whole other deck).