Early Women Masters East and West
WELCOME!! to Early Women Masters East & West —
Ancient to Early Modernism — includes Creative Women in Art History,
Women Artists, Women in Music, Poetry, Greek Myth, Women Zen Masters,
Extensive Catalogue of Historical Quilt Designs,
Ancient Chinese Taoist Poetry & Spirituality
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THREE BRUSHES above (and CAT below) by modernist Mary Fedden (1915-2012) 
See also Fedden's gorgeous online exhibit at THE ROCKING CHAIR
Mary Fedden Cat
More early 20th century, women artists at this site include:
DADA with Sophie Taeuber-Arp (1889-1943), illustrated above-right
• Compare with Sonia Delaunay, (1885-1979) studies in ABSTRACTION & COLOR


Above: see Abstract Expressionism, with HELEN FRANKENTHALER (1928-2011)
Illustration above: Frankenthaler's "A LITTLE ZEN" (1970)


• See more NATURAL ABSTRACTION in the art of Georgia O'Keeffe (1887-1986)
(with notes on O'Keeffe and Zen Buddhism)

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 a guide to Emily Dickinson's Herbarium, along with links to botanical illustrations.

For more on Dickinson offsite at Wordpress: have a look also at: DICKINSONGS—a tribute to Emily Dickinson's Philosophy of the Small. Dickinson photo illustrated right: detail from a daguerreotype, a young Emily.


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


Illustrated above: "Two Girls" by the American painter, ISABEL BISHOP, the size, (20" x 24"), the work itself dates back to 1935. See also Bishop's "Portrait of an Office Girl," illustrated right, created with ink, wash and white heightening on paper — the date is unknown, but there is a similarity in the cap and the collar with the clothing in the "Two Girls" above.

For the painting, Isabel Bishop had two acquaintances from the Union Square area [in New York City], and who agreed to pose, 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, her life, education and her art works are available at Wikipedia.


ANCIENT CHINESE TAOISM: THE FEMININE TAO
In addition, see online: THE WAY of TAO and the MASTERS
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and also HYMNING THE TAO TE CHING
(Literal 81 Chapter CHINESE & ENGLISH, searchable on a single page —
a Gender Inclusive Version, newly illustrated with Nature Photography)
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TAO: GUEST OR HOST?
Illustrated with a sculpture by Emma Stebbins (1815-1882)


ANTIQUE GEOMETRIC QUILT DESIGNS
Index, Historical Notes, Free PATCHWORK BLOCKS
AMERICAN QUILTS: HISTORY & DESIGN
See also: QUILT DESIGNS Celebrating Great Women Artists »»
and 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
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QUILTS WITH TAO (I Ching)
See also QUILT DESIGN COMPENDIUMS (Books Old and New)

Illustrations Above:
Sappho reading a Greek manuscript (possibly her own poetry) and
sculpture of Demeter's mother, Rhea 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 | 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 (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 the 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) Persephone-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
THE WAY OF ENSŌ (Enigmatic Circles!! Slideshow)
Picturing Tao & Picturing I Ching (Enigmatic & Nature Photography)
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Mary Cassatt (1844-1926), Self Portrait—see SPIRITUAL ALCHEMY
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Crookback: Women Masters in the Chuang-tzu
Magical Calligraphy of Tokai Okon
Uncarved WOOD (Nature Mysticism with Photography)
Immortal Sister Sun Bu-er (Taoist Poetry & Historical Legend)


ZEN, SHINTO & 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 a spontaneity and naturalness."

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!!


Hyperlinked Bibliography: Women Authors on Tao and the Tao Te Ching


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