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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  • Mary Beale
    11
  • Ludovike Simanowiz
    16

    Ludovike Simanowiz

  • Marie-Guillemine Benoist
    17

    Marie-Guillemine Benoist

  • Marietta Robusti
    18

    Marietta Robusti

  • Irene di Spilimbergo
    20

    Irene di Spilimbergo

  • Ida Silfverberg
    22

    Ida Silfverberg

  • Marie Egner
    25

    Marie Egner