1942 Self Portrait with Monkey & Parrot by Mexican artist, FRIDA KAHLO
(b. Coyoacán, Mexico, 1907)
Early Women Masters East and West
Welcome!! to EARLY WOMEN MASTERS EAST & WEST
Includes Ancient to Early Modernism — Creative Women in Art History,
Women in Music, Poetry & Ancient Greek Myth, Women Taoist & Zen Masters
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Cat illustrated below left is by 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 amazing 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 and Zen Buddhism: her 1930's photo above right)

ANCIENT CHINESE TAOISM — THE FEMININE TAO
with Notes & Commentary on the Tao Te Ching
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Poem below by Immortal Sister
& Taoist Master Sun Bu-er (12th c.)

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"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)

 480 FREE ANTIQUE GEOMETRIC QUILT DESIGNS — (COMPLETE INDEX)


Historical Notes, Free PATCHWORK BLOCKS (samples above, rest cursor on image for title, click to view)

BELOW: (AMERICAN QUILTS: "Flying Squares") with CAT/DOVE Ceramic.
QUILT DESIGN BOOKS (Extensive Bibliography)

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 a (geomertic) LOTUS BLOCK for links to botanicals,
or THREE PATCH for a list of patterns with CURVED ELEMENTS!!
Click here for ANIMATED SLIDE-IN Patterns!!
Also QUILT DESIGNS WITH TAO (I Ching).

LADIES ART COMPANY CATALOGUE (1898, with addenda up to 1928)
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«« Newspaper Clippings and Index to Selected Quilt Designs
Illustrated by NANCY CABOT, 1930's

 
See HARRIET POWERS (1837-1911) (Photo: 1901) & her African-American Story-Bible Quilts
See also QUILT DESIGN COMPENDIUMS (Books Old and New)

WOMEN MYSTICS
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 and A GARDEN 'TIS...WHAT? For Dickinson offsite at Wordpress: have a look also at: DICKINSONGS—a tribute to Emily Dickinson's Philosophy of the Small. Young Dickinson photo illustrated right: detail from a daguerreotype. Dickinson says: "I dwell in Possibility — a fairer House than Prose — more numerous of Windows — superior for Doors —"



MINNEHAHA, 1868, sculpture by Edmonia Lewis (1844–1907), her photo right, c.1870.
"Like many American sculptors of the nineteenth century, Lewis, an artist of African-American & Chippewa (Ojibwa) ancestry, worked in Rome. Her multiracial identity and her gender were formative in her selection of subjects. In addition to pieces addressing abolition and emancipation, between 1866 and 1872 she completed a series of marble sculptures on the popular theme of Hiawatha and Minnehaha, drawn from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s epic poem: 'The Song of Hiawatha' (1855)." Quote from the Edmonia Lewis webpage at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
 

WOMEN & THE ARTS
 See: WOMEN ARTISTS AT THE EASEL - Self-Portraits (1540-1980) 
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: Self Portrait, Alice Pike Barney (1857–1931), mother of
the great, American playwright, poet & 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)

In addition, a fascinating slideshow of photos of and works by the Mexican artist,
FRIDA KAHLO (1907-1954), focusing entirely on her famous self portraits.


1782 SELF PORTRAIT (detail) by Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun (1755-1842) (National Gallery, London)

ISABEL BISHOP (1902–1988) 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."


Isabel Bishop, 1957
See Bishop's "PORTRAIT OF AN OFFICE GIRL," detail from the drawing shown right, created with pencil, red ink, and wash white heightening on paper—the date unknown.

And regards the famous 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 an extensive listing of other great 19th-20th c. Women Artists.

   
Above: ABSTRACT EXPRESSIONISM, with HELEN FRANKENTHALER (1928-2011)
31 Beautiful Paintings Illustrated — above left: Frankenthaler's "A LITTLE ZEN" (1970)


SELF PORTRAIT by Mary Cassatt (1844-1926), gouache & watercolor, 1880, with Cassatt Photo
 


Illustrations Above:
SAPPHO reading a Greek manuscript (possibly her own poetry) and right, Greek
sculpture of the mother of DEMETER, Rhea, with bird crown, Crete ca. 1200 BCE.
 

ANCIENT GREEK ARTS & MYTHOLOGY

ANCIENT GREEK HYMN TO DEMETER & PERSEPHONE 
 Bibliography | *Sappho or another female author for the Hymn?
Cast of Characters | Offsite at Wordpress: Journeys with Demeter & Plato
See SAPPHO'S WORD: Selected word-puzzles, epithets and imagistic ideas:
Sappho's inspirational fragments as cited by ancient authors.

The 25 Episodes of the HYMN TO DEMETER & PERSEPHONE
Ancient Greek Transliteration and Translation: Citations from feminist
& Other Commentary, Art & Photo Illustrations, Glossary, see below by Line Number
(Illustrationa above: Minoan Priestess with ancient Greek sacred knot, see Lines 33-50)

(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 on) FOLLOWING THE WAY OF TAO   

Picturing Tao & Picturing I Ching (Enigmatic & Nature Slideshows)
THE WAY OF ENSŌ (Enigmatic Circles!! Slideshow)
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See also: SPIRITUAL ALCHEMY FOR WOMEN, with Mary Cassatt (1844-1926)
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 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 with Photography)


ASIAN ARTS
WHAT IS ZEN? According to the Soto Zen Buddhist Association:
"Zen evolved from the teachings of the historical Buddha who lived 2500 years ago in India.
These teachings spread to China some six hundred years later. Zen (called Ch’an in China)
developed in Mahayana Buddhist monasteries in the 7th Century.
Inspired in part by the Chinese practice of the TAO, Ch’an/Zen was characterized by
spontaneity and naturalness." See also NATURAL SOUNDS (Idiophonics, with sound effects)
in Early Japanese Women's Poetry (includes separate BIBLIOGRAPHY)

Left: Young Self Portrait
by MAYUMI ODA (b. 1941) —
Japanese Buddhist artist often
called the "Matisse of Japan"
and specializing in goddesses.

See Mayumi Oda's amazing
Goddesses of Compassion
linked below....
 

See goddesses KUAN YIN & TARA (beautiful illustrations by MAYUMI ODA).
From a recent talk by Mayumi Oda, she says: "Give us vision, not just one vision,
but many visions, and I ask the goddess, give me vision for her."
See also MT. FUJI's Japanese SHINTO Goddesses & 12c. 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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