PICTURE THIS

PICTURE THIS

The Story of Art Without Men

by Katy Hessel (Hutchinson Heinemann £30, 520 pp)

Did you know that women artists make up just 1 per cent of London’s National Gallery collection? Or a 2019 study found that in the collections of 18 major U.S. art museums, 87 per cent of artworks were by men? 

This book borrows its name from E.H. Gombrich’s classic The Story Of Art, the first edition of which, in 1950, included no women. The 16th edition included just one. Curator and art historian Katy Hessel hopes to redress this imbalance, focusing on women artists. 

From Gluck — who rejected any forename or prefix — in Cornwall to Frida Kahlo in Mexico, this fascinating book is a new approach to the history of art.

Did you know that women artists make up just 1 per cent of London’s National Gallery collection? Or a 2019 study found that in the collections of 18 major U.S. art museums, 87 per cent of artworks were by men?




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