Women in Art: Post World War II


This module opens with a perusal of Modernist representation of the female body. We then examine gender, race, and Modernism after WWII. Our studies of women artists focus on photographers living and working during these tumultuous years.


  • women’s contributions to modernism--styles
  • portraiture
  • representations of the female body
  • post-WWII–modernism, gender, race
  • other important painters, sculptors, photographers: Suzanne Valadon, Frida Kahlo, Camille Claudel, Georgia O’Keeffe, Pablita Velarde, Lee Krasner, Louise Nevelson, Helen Frankenthaler, Niki de Saint Phalle, Betye Saar, and Faith Ringgold


By end of this module, you should able to

  • list the women painters, photographers, sculptors, collage and textile artists of these eras
  • recognize the styles of the era
  • describe post-WWII changes and trends
  • recognize and describe the movement against stereotypes
  • discuss the artists, techniques, and concepts of abstract expressionism


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