The Best Female Painters of All Time

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Vote up the women you think are the best in the field.

While Picasso and Van Gogh are pretty much household names, many famous female painters have not achieved the same level of worldwide fame. Due to historical suppression and gender bias in the art world, sadly a lot of women painters go unrecognized during their lifetime and beyond. However - with the recent presence of artists like Frida Kahlo in pop culture - there is a newfound interest in all those women who made a big impact on the art world. Who are the best female painters of all time? Help decide below! 

There are plenty of famous female painters of the 21st century that are still churning out new work. Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, for example, is a jack of all trades visual artist who works not only in painting but in installation, sculpture, and fashion. There are also historic female painters, like Mary Beale and Clara Peeters, whose work is now being recognized more than ever. From contemporary painters to historic artists, you'll find some great women artists below. Vote the best female painters to the top of the list! 

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  • Lavinia Fontana

    Lavinia Fontana

    190 votes
    Lavinia Fontana (1552 – August 11, 1614) was a Bolognese Mannerist painter best known for her portraiture. She was trained by her father Prospero Fontana and was active in Bologna and Rome. She is ...more
  • Artemisia Lomi or Artemisia Gentileschi (US: , Italian: [arteˈmiːzja dʒentiˈleski]; July 8, 1593 – c. 1656) was an Italian Baroque painter, today considered one of the most accomplished painters in ...more
  • Maria Anna Angelika Kauffmann (30 October 1741 – 5 November 1807), usually known in English as Angelica Kauffman, was a Swiss Neoclassical painter who had a successful career in London and Rome. ...more
  • Adélaïde Labille-Guiard

    Adélaïde Labille-Guiard

    175 votes
    Adélaïde Labille-Guiard (11 April 1749 – 24 April 1803), also known as Adélaïde Labille-Guiard des Vertus, was a French miniaturist and portrait painter. She was an advocate for women to receive the ...more
  • Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun (16 April 1755 – 30 March 1842), also known as Madame Lebrun or Madame Le Brun, was a prominent French portrait painter of the late eighteenth century. Her artistic ...more
  • Clara Peeters
    195 votes
    Clara Peeters (fl. 1607–1621) was a still-life painter who came from Antwerp and trained in the tradition of Flemish Baroque painting, but probably made her career mostly in the new Dutch Republic, ...more