The Easel

Other French Artists

The 19th century French art establishment viewed women as “scaled down men”. A ban on women artists studying life (nude) drawing was just one of many barriers. Nonetheless many persevered and a few, such as Berthe Moriset and Mary Cassatt prospered. “[I]t’s possible to look at works that are different not just because they’re by women, but because they’re not what’s mainstream.” Some images are here.