Mirror Mirror: Self-portraits by Women Artists

Mirror Mirror: Self-portraits by Women Artists

by LizRideal (Editor), WhitneyChadwick (Editor), Frances Borzello (Editor)


This work serves as an introduction to the history and function of the self-portrait in the work of 40 women artists, from the mid-17th century to the present. It covers portraits in all media, from oil painting to photography, from prints and drawings to sculpture, and includes works by such major artists as Mary Beale, Gwen John and Helen Chadwick, as well as lesser-known figures such as the Zinkeisen sisters, Rita Martin and Elsie Nicholson. There are also portraits by women artists known primarily for their work in other media - including the astonishing self-portrait ceramic relief by Susie Cooper. The works themselves are grouped chronologically by media, and include full biographical details of the artists. They are supported by essays from two leading art historians in this field - Professor Whitney Chadwick, who discusses ideas of style and technique, including the artists' exploration of their own identity; and Frances Borzello, who presents the historical background and artistic training to the works illustrated here.


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Format: Paperback
Pages: 120
Edition: First Edition, First Impression
Publisher: National Portrait Gallery Publications
Published: 10 Oct 2001

ISBN 10: 1855143232
ISBN 13: 9781855143234

Author Bio
Liz Rideal is Art Education Officer at the National Portrait Gallery and is also an artist. She has curated The Room in View and has had one-person exhibitions at the Lucas Schoormans Gallery, New York, and the Hippodrome Theatre, Birmingham. Professor Whitney Chadwick is an art historian. She has lectured and published widely in the areas of surrealism, feminism and contemporary art. Dr Frances Borzello is a writer on the social history of art. Her recent books include Seeing Ourselves: Women's Self-Portraits (1998) and A World of Our Own: Women as Artists Since the Renaissance (2000).