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Independent Spirits: Women Painters of the American West, 1890-1945 Hardcover – November 27, 1995


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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; First Edition, (In association with Autry Museum of Western Heritage) edition (November 27, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520202023
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520202023
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.6 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,555,461 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

This highly readable and engagingly illustrated exhibition catalog fulfills a dual purpose?to retrieve lost talent from among the largely unknown and strikingly diverse group of Western women painters and to probe their emergence as professionals in the previously male-dominated U.S. art world. Ten essays by female curators and academicians examine the social, economic, intellectual, and political forces affecting this period of profound change. One-third of the book focuses on California, with additional individual essays on the Northwest, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, the Rocky Mountains, and the Great Plains. The inclusion of Native, Mexican, African, and Asian American painters adds balance and breadth. As the first comprehensive scholarly survey to single out Western women artists, the work makes an important contribution to studies of the West, U.S. cultural history, and women's history.?Russell T. Clement, Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

Can you name three women painters of the American West working between 1890 and 1945? We could only come up with one, Georgia O'Keeffe, so we're thrilled with this gorgeous and surprising volume. Editor Trenton and her contributors, a group as meticulous in their research as they are passionate and articulate in their prose, have reclaimed the neglected work of a great number of women artists who lived in and drew inspiration from the spectacular and demanding beauty of California, the Northwest, the Great Plains, the Rockies, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. These women artists were, indeed, "independent spirits," bucking traditional gender roles to devote themselves to their highly original art. Their ranks included the impressionist Donna Schuster as well as more startling talents such as Z. Vanessa Helder, who painted dams and quarries; Louise Crow and Tonita Pena, who interpreted Pueblo life; Mabel Frazer, who captured the drama and hard labor of life in the Rockies; and mystics such as Agnes Pelton, who painted ravishing, spiritually motivated abstractions. An exceptional blend of biography and art history, this fine volume belongs in all American art collections. Donna Seaman

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It explores the wonderful variety of styles and techniques that usually get ignored.
E.D.
As someone who teaches the History of Women Artists on the college level, this book is a valuable addition to my library of books devoted to this topic.
Diana Maria Nemi
One of the few books on this specific subject, it is both enlightening and informative.
A. Garavaglia

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By J. golden on June 4, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book about women painters of American West from 1890 to 1945 shows and talks about art and paintings. Reading its words and seeing its paintings was an experience over which I may not get. From the moment I opened the book I entered a new world of color landscape shapes figures flowers abstractions and movement. How did so many creative and talented people escape historical recognition and fame? Many of the artists in this book had to wage war with themselves, family, society and some won - mostly those with financial means, time to themselves, art education, human support and they succeeded as free spirits in the world of art. Independent Spirits is a study of pioneers who expressed themselves using artists' tools. For most fame eluded them while they made history by painting, teaching, building of museums and art schools, encouragement of public interest in visual arts and redefinition of feminine art.
Myra Miller of the Great Plains (1882 to 1961) painted game birds which she froze and painted in a cold room in the winter. She set up her own still lifes of birds and guns on panels and the paintings were 2' x4'. The subjects became the essential and yet ordinary stuff of life rendered so painstakingly as beautiful to behold, characteristic of her world and perhaps bounty for the family table.
Why the West? Why did O'Keefe feel compelled as an artist to leave the city and apartment dwelling for the open space of the west?
Independent Spirits tells of women set free to live creative lives determined to express record persevere and interpret what they saw - for themselves and for unknown and unseen viewers.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. M. Adamik on July 25, 2004
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I have to admit, I always wondered why there aren't more women artists...well, there are many I never heard of, but should have. The artists presented here are truly deserving of notice and even fame in some cases. Very well-illustrated and well worth the price. Information not available in any other book that I know.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. Garavaglia on August 15, 2009
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One of the few books on this specific subject, it is both enlightening and informative. A good read for those looking to get out of the narrow history of 20th century American artists that predominately covers men. Both inspiring and sad to see these great talents, most of them overlooked because of gender. A lesson and insight for historians and artists male and female alike. Recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Diana Maria Nemi on October 12, 2008
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As someone who teaches the History of Women Artists on the college level, this book is a valuable addition to my library of books devoted to this topic. I was aware of some of the women featured in this book, but most of these individuals are absolutely new to me. There is no question that these professional women possessed the drive and the talent to establish interesting careers, and yet most of them fell into obscurity except perhaps on the regional level. The history of Modern American Art has generally been associated with the east coast but this book is a revelation and a very juicy one at that. So many different visions expressed with competence and flare. Anyone interested in the development of 20th century painting and unearthing the work of women artists who have been sidelined by time and male dominance, this book will provide some serious pleasure.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jane T on November 14, 2013
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Good reproductions of wide range of work by well and lesser-known women artists. Just ordered another copy for a gift.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Judith Copek on September 18, 2013
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I bought this book for research for a novel I'm writing set in 1928 Southern California. It had so many wonderful paintings of artists I was not familiar with. The twenties and thirties in the West were a golden age of painting and also in many ways a golden age for female artists. I love the self-portrait of Mabel Alvarez on the cover. She always wore green! She and her contemporaries were truly modern women, many of whom did not see the necessity to marry or have children. Their art and their independence were a pleasant surprise.
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