In an age when women are very much part of the contemporary art scene in Scotland, it is easy to forget that their predecessors through the 18th, 19th and well into the 20th centuries often faced an uphill struggle. This book charts and celebrates the story of these Scottish women, from their emergence in the art world in the eighteenth century to today’s internationally recognised stars.
The book introduces a selection of over 60 artists exploring their professional and personal journeys. It includes the pioneering Catherine Read, breakthrough Victorians such as Phoebe Anna Traquair and 1880s Glasgow Girl, Bessie MacNicol. Twentieth century artists range from Beatrice Huntingdon and Anne Redpath to Joan Eardley, Elizabeth Blackadder, Victoria Crowe and Alison Watt. The story is brought to a triumphant conclusion with the winners and headliners of the Turner Prize and the Venice Biennale.
Along the way, author, Charlotte Rostek, showcases works of integrity and beauty which place women at the heart of the story of Scottish art. Published by The Fleming Collection.
About the author: Charlotte Rostek is an arts and heritage professional whose career encompasses appointments at Paisley Museum and Art Galleries, the National Trust for Scotland, the Prince’s Foundation and the Mount Stuart Trust.