Since the beginning of time, women faced challenges due to gender biases in the mainstream world of art.
Today, March 8th, we want to celebrate women’s day, by paying our tiny tribute to five influential women who managed to make themselves heard.
Raised and born in Mexico, Frida (1907-1954) combines in her work, eminently personal, the surrealist, naïf and folkloric.
Her life was marked by a childhood illness and an accident in her youth. Her pictorial work revolves around her life and suffering in addition to being very influenced artistically by her husband. Although his work was admired by several artists of the time it was after his death when his works achieved a greater transcendence.
Born in Port Arthur, Texas (1943-1970), Janis Joplin became one of the greatest musical stars of all time, challenging prejudices and dismantling stereotypes, both as an artist and as a woman. He complied with the expression “live fast, die young” as death surprised her about to finish recording her latest album. Without adding anything to what Janis recorded, it was posthumously published with the title “Pearl”, which was as some of her friends called her, an album that is an essential part of the music history.
Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel, aka Coco (1883-1971) was a designer and business woman born in Saumur, France.
She altered the standards of style during the era after the Second World War, changing the“corseted style”, by a more sporty and casual trend.
Her ambition, determination and energy catapulted her to the fame and made her an icon; being thus, the only designer listed on TIME magazine´s list of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century.
The German performer Phillippina Bausch (1940-2009) became a leading influence in the field of modern dance from the 1970’s on.
Inspired by the dance theater form called Tanztheater, she created her own perform company named in the same way, which is still active and touring around the world.
She also influenced another artists career, like David Bowie. Who reveals that his 1987 Spider Tour was inspired on her.
With a very personal style of illustration and a captivating narrative, the british Beatrix Potter (1866-1943) became a literary phenomenon of the 20th century. Despite of her talent to illustrate and to write, Beatrix tried to make a career in the botanical world without success. She was rejected by the school of the Real Botanical Gardens of Kew just for being a woman.
Even in his literary career he had difficulties getting a publisher, but finally, the publishing house “Federick Warne & Co” published what would be his first success and worlwide known book “The tale of Peter Rabbit”.