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Rebels not Muses: The Women Artists of European Modernism

by Rosamund Bartlett

25th September 2023

The history of modern art is nearly always told as a story starting with Monet and Cezanne through to Picasso, Kandinsky, Duchamp and Dalí. This lecture paints a new picture of avant-garde experimentation before and after the First World War by showcasing the lives and careers of the many unsung female artists who also contributed to the European Modernist movement.  They include Berthe Morisot, Hilma af Klint, Paula Modersohn-Becker, Helen Saunders, Sonia Delaunay and Sophie Taeuber-Arp.


Rosamund Bartlett has been to talk to us previously with enthralling lectures about Natalia Goncharova, and Diaghilev. She is a writer, lecturer and translator whose work as a cultural historian ranges across the arts. She has a doctorate from Oxford and is the author of several books, including biographies of Chekhov and Tolstoy, and a study of Wagner's influence in Russia. She is currently writing a history of the Russian avant-garde.  She has written on art, music and literature for publications such as The Daily Telegraph and Apollo, and received commissions from institutions including the Royal Opera House, Tate, and the Salzburg Festival. Rosamund lectures around the world and she contributes regularly to Proms events and opera broadcasts on the BBC.

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