Early Women Masters East and West
WELCOME!! to Early Women Masters East & West —
Ancient to Early Modernism — includes Creative Women in Art History,
Great Women Artists, Women in Music, Poetry, Greek Myth, Women Zen Masters
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1939 Photo above of the great Mexican artist, FRIDA KAHLO (1907-1954), at home in La Casa Axul,
here holding up a jade Olmec figurine. The cat illustrated below was painted by a delightful British
artist named MARY FEDDEN (1915-2012).
Mary Fedden Cat
More early 20th century, women artists at this site include:
DADA with Sophie Taeuber-Arp (1889-1943), illustrated above-right
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Celebrate the colorful abstractions of SONIA DELAUNAY (1885-1979, photo left) and
the delightful still-lifes and folk paintings of MARY FEDDEN (1915-2012, photo right)



• See: NATURAL ABSTRACTION in the art of GEORGIA O'KEEFFE (1887-1986), with notes
on O'Keeffe & Zen Buddhism — O'Keeffe's photo above is dated 1930s —
her 1946 sculpture, illustrated left, is simply titled, "White Lacquered Abstraction."
   
See: ABSTRACT EXPRESSIONISM, with HELEN FRANKENTHALER (1928-2011)
Illustration above left: Frankenthaler's "A LITTLE ZEN" (1970)

ANCIENT CHINESE TAOISM — THE FEMININE TAO

Poem by Immortal Sister Sun Bu-er (12th c.)
"The relic from before birth  
Enters one's heart one day.
Be as careful as if you were holding a full vessel,
Be as gentle as if you were caressing an infant.
The gate of earth should be shut tight,
The portals of heaven should be first opened.
Wash the yellow sprouts clean,
  And atop the mountain is thunder shaking the earth."

TAO: GUEST OR HOST?
Illustrated with a sculpture by Emma Stebbins (1815-1882)

From Kari Hohne's WAY OF TAO:
"Just as the seed holds within a blueprint of everything it will become,
you too are guided by a profound sense of inner direction."

"Nature achieves unity by honoring variation."

"All living things are made stronger
because of the changes taking place around them.
Do not fight the very thing that guides you in your growth.
Life is always exploring the best of what it might become."
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Cowrie Shells on Japanese Cherry Blossom Print Paper —
See PHOTO ILLUSTRATED TAO TE CHING:
Literal 81 Chapter CHINESE & ENGLISH version, searchable on a single page
(gender inclusive translation, illustrated with original nature photography)


FREE ANTIQUE GEOMETRIC QUILT DESIGNS
Index, Historical Notes, Free PATCHWORK BLOCKS
BELOW: (AMERICAN QUILTS: "FLYING SQUARES" with Cat & Dove ceramic)

See also: QUILT DESIGNS Celebrating Great Women Artists »»
or Quilt Designs with great Women Poets »»

For CHILDREN'S quilt designs and names, see KALEIDOSCOPE!!
Have a look at LOTUS BLOCK for links to botanicals, or
THREE PATCH for a list of patterns with CURVED ELEMENTS!!
Click here for ANIMATED SLIDE-IN Patterns.

Ladies Art Company Catalogue (1898, with addenda up to 1928)
«« Newspaper Clippings and Index to Selected Quilt Designs
Illustrated by NANCY CABOT, 1930's

HARRIET POWERS (1837-1911) (Photo: 1901)
African-American Story-Bible Quilts
QUILTS WITH TAO (I Ching)
See also QUILT DESIGN COMPENDIUMS (Books Old and New)
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 Above from: THE WAY OF ENSŌ (Enigmatic Circles!! Slideshow)
See also: Picturing Tao & Picturing I Ching (Enigmatic & Nature Photography)
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SPIRITUAL ALCHEMY FOR WOMEN, with MARY CASSATT
 Crookback: Women Masters in the Chuang-tzu 
Magical Calligraphy of Tokai Okon
Immortal Sister Sun Bu-er (Taoist Poetry & Historical Legend)
Uncarved WOOD (Nature Mysticism Photography)


EMILY DICKINSON'S POETRY — A NATURE MYSTICISM LABYRINTH
Explore a clickable, 4-circuit-meander and multi-page labyrinth, comprised of 32 mystic poems by Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), and each combining nature spirituality with travel imagery. The site includes related commentary adapted from ED's own poems and letters, and see at this site a guide to Emily Dickinson's HERBARIUM, along with links to ONLINE botanical illustrations. The labyrinth includes related commentary adapted from ED's own writings, with links to related slideshows INCLUDING: A GARDEN 'TIS...WHAT?

        For more on Dickinson offsite at Wordpress: have a look at:
DICKINSONGS—a tribute to Emily Dickinson's Philosophy of the Small.
The young Dickinson photo (in her late teens) illustrated right is a detail clipped from an 1847 daguerreotype. She attended Mount Holyoke Female Seminary in South Hadley, later called Mount Holyoke College.


WOMEN & THE ARTS
 WOMEN ARTISTS AT THE EASEL - Self-Portraits (1540-1980) 

See a fascinating slideshow by the Mexican artist, Frida Kahlo (1907-1954), and focusing
on her famous self portraits — illustration above: Frida with her pet parrot, Bonito, 1941.

In 1548, the Flemish Renaissance painter Caterina van Hemessen (b.1528) created the
first self-portrait of any artist, depicted with brush and palette, working at an easel. Her
achievement is celebrated here with a slideshow including 23 additional self portraits
by great women artists, spanning more than 400 years and 12 countries of origin.

MORE WOMEN ARTISTS' SELF PORTRAITS
Above painted 1905: Alice Pike Barney (1857–1931), mother of the great, American
playwright, poet and novelist, Natalie Clifford Barney (1876-1972)

See also at this site: WOMEN ARTISTS SELF PORTRAITS by:
Caterina Van Hemessen (1548) | Sofonisba Anguissola (1556) | Artemisia Gentileschi (1639) |
Judith Leyser (1630's) | Elisabetta Sirani (1660) | Anna Waser (1691) | Angelica Kauffman (1781) |
Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun (1782) | Anne Vallayer-Coster (1783) | Adélaïde Labille-Guiard (1785) |
Marie-Guillemine Benoist (1790) | Marie-Victoire Lemoine (ca. 1796) | Marie Ellenrieder (1819) |
Anna Bilinska Bohdanowicz (b. 1857, painting: 1887) | Rosa Bonheur (1857) | Mary Cassatt (1876) |
Berthe Morisot (1885) | Alice Pike Barney (1905) | Zinaida Serebriakova (1907) | Alice Bailly (1917) |
Suzanne Valadon (1937) | Frida Kahlo (1941) | Bridget Riley (1965) | Alice Neel (1980)


Above: TWO GIRLS (1935) by the American painter, Isabel Bishop (1902-1988)
Illustration below Left: "Tidying Up" by Isabel Bishop, 1938

Bishop bequeaths her own ideas about her paintings and drawings in a couple of personal essays dating back to 1953 and there, she states the following (republished in ISABEL BISHOP: Prints & Drawings, Brooklyn Museum, 1964):

"Genre drawings are never heroic, never the 'grand manner,' and never large. Also they are never 'compositions.' [...] In this particular kind of artistic expression, the subject must seem unmanipulated — as though a piece of life had been sneaked up on, seized and somehow became art, without anything having been done to it. This is the way it seems which is part of the content."

[...] "When mobility is introduced into a picture, the possibility is expressed, that whatever is represented there, can change its position, though all may be described as still. This communication, which must be made through the total form in the picture (and is quite a different thing from movement), releases the content."


Isabel Bishop, 1957
See also Bishop's "PORTRAIT OF AN OFFICE GIRL," a detail from the drawing shown right, created with pencil, red ink, and wash white heightening on paper—the date unknown, but there is a similarity in this drawing, that is, in the cap and the ruffled collar of the clothing, with the rendering of the clothing of the "TWO GIRLS" (1935) illustrated above.

And regards the painting, TWO GIRLS, Isabel Bishop had two acquaintances from the Union Square area [in New York City], and who agreed to pose for the picture, so that Bishop could capture the interaction of the two figures. The work took more than a year to complete, and it was painted with oil and tempera.

Additional notes on Isabel Bishop, that is, her
life, education and her art works are available at
Wikipedia, along with a full listing of other great
19th and 20th Century Women Artists.


Illustrations Above:
SAPPHO reading Greek papyrus scroll, (possibly her own poetry), red figure vase, 5th c. BCE.
Right: sculpture of Rhea, mother of DEMETER, with bird crown, Crete ca.1200 BCE.
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ART & MYTHOLOGY: 

ANCIENT GREEK HYMN TO DEMETER & PERSEPHONE 
 Bibliography | *Sappho or another female author for the Hymn?
Cast of Characters | See offsite at Wordpress: Journeys with DEMETER & PLATO
At this site, have a look at SAPPHO'S WORD:
(includes selected word-puzzles, epithets, imagistic ideas, derived from
Sappho's inspirational fragments as cited by ancient authors).

 The 25 Episodes of the HYMN TO DEMETER (Distaff Power Myth)
Ancient Greek Transliteration and Translation: Citations from feminist
& Other Commentary, Art & Photo Illustrations, Glossary, see below by Line Number

(001-014)
The Narcissus
(015-032)
Abduction
(033-050)
Novena
(051-061)
Hecate/Moon
(062-089)
Helios/Sun
(090-104)
Descent
(105-117)
Women at Well
(118-144)
Doso's Story
(145-170)
Demeter Hired
(171-189)
Threshold
(190-205)
Iambe's Jest
(206-211)
The Kykeon
(212-232)
Demophoön
(233-254)
God-Making
(255-279)
Transfigured
(280-295)
Epiphany
(296-309)
Temple Grief
(310-333)
Iris-Messengers
(334-358)
Hermes
(359-383)
Return
(384-413)
Pomegranate
(414-440)
Reunion
(441-469)
Rheia's Visit
(470-482)
The Rites
(483-495)
Triumph
Medieval & Renaissance Music CDs
Women composers, music by Kassia (Gregorian), Hildegard of Bingen, Trobairitz (Medieval Women Troubadours), Chansons de Femme, performed by Sinfonye, Anonymous 4, Sequentia, Circle Dances, Christine de Pisan, Anne Boleyn, Elizabeth I, the Black Madonna, Bridget of Ireland
Emily Dickinson Feminist Essays
Brilliant, early feminist essays on Emily Dickinson's life, letters & poetry (pub. 1886-1915) by: (1) Emily Fowler Ford, (2) Ella Gilbert Ives, (3) Elizabeth Shepley Sergeant, (4) Thomas Wentworth Higginson, (5) Susan Huntington Dickinson, (6) Lilian Whiting, (7) Martha Dickinson Bianchi

MORE ASIAN ARTS

See also NATURAL SOUNDS (Idiophonics, with sound effects) in
Early Japanese Women's Poetry (includes separate BIBLIOGRAPHY),
and Songs of the Shamaness (Princess Nukata)

Studies on compassion: KUAN YIN and TARA (Illustrations by Mayumi Oda)
MT. FUJI's Japanese SHINTO Goddesses | waka poetry by Princess SHIKISHI

Japanese Jomon Pottery
Rengetsu Pottery
<< JAPANESE JOMON POTTERY        
(Women's Prehistoric Ceramics —
citations, images, links, sources
««« or click illustration left)
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Julia V. Nakamura's Japanese Tea
Audrey Yoshiko Seo's Gardens
Chiyo-ni's Haiku Poetry

An Illustrated SHOBOGENZO
ZEN Studies of the Way

by Dogen Zenji (Gender-Inclusive),
Extensive Bibliography, Citations —
also Dogen's ECOSPIRITUALITY
with ink drawings

« ABLUTIONS
Keiko Abe Marimba music with
Otagaki Rengetsu (1791-1875)
« her hand-shaped bowl with
incised Zen waka poetry, left —
see also her Incredible Edibles!!

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