Most famous painters of the 19th century seem to be men, besides a few exceptions. Yet there were so many fantastic female artists! Were they really ‘forgotten’, or excluded from art history, or even ‘erased’?

Mission & focus
I collect these ‘unknown’ or ‘forgotten’ female painters  (mainly from Europe), of the 19th and early 20th century. My personal mission is to have these paintings cleaned and restored if necessary and to put them and their makers in the spotlight. They deserve to be seen, to be known and to be enjoyed.
So we are not talking about the famous exceptions like Laura Knight, Mary Cassatt or Berthe Morisot, but about equally talented women who were sadly forgotten or overshadowed by their famous husbands, or simply left out of art history and unknown to the general public.
The artworks below are in my current collection; they give me a lot of joy. I hope you will enjoy them too. By collecting the works of women artists, I want to honour their Life & Art. Come, have a look and remember their names.

Online exhibition of my Fem Art Collection
Dora Brandenburg-Polster (1884-1958)
Nelly Goedewaagen (1880-1953)
Nola Hatterman (1899-1984)
Edith Hume (1843-1906)
Johanna van de Kasteele (1858-1951)
Lucie Keijser (1873-1958)
Sientje Mesdag-van Houten (1834-1909) – 2 works
Tilly Moes (1899-1979)
Coba Ritsema (1876-1961) – 2 works
Suze Robertson (1855-1922)
Coba Surie (1879-1970) – 2 works
Bertha von Tarnóczy Sprinzenberg (1846-1936)

My dream …
The problem is, I’m not very rich, so it will take a while before I can present a substantial collection. But when I have collected enough female masters and her-stories, I plan to hold a Fem Art exhibition. Until then follow me on twitter (@FemArtColl) and enjoy what is here. And if you like Fem Art Collection, any donation is welcome, so more works can be acquired and preserved. Thank you!

For more interesting 19thC female painters from Europe, please see Fem Art Europe.

2022 Thérèse Schwartze exhibition Delft – REVIEW
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