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Figuring out the Female Presence in the Arts

Carol Lina Schmidt

Art Style | Art & Culture International Magazine


In remembering educational reform, the inclusion of women in art schools, the unification of fine arts with applied arts, and the break with academic canons are essential. Consequently, also, the arts and aesthetics in their autonomies are necessary. This essay, however, intends to present a vital discussion for the universe of the arts—the conquest of the ideal of freedom and equality in search of greater female inclusion. Two aspects are essential in the search for this answer: understanding the transformations of modern times and the dimension of the freedoms achieved in the artistic scene. Many women have given us examples and paved the way by showcasing everything we can accomplish. However, this essay deals with the history of the role of women in the art scene of the early 20th century, meeting modern times, and the first significant manifestations for women's conquests—the representativeness of some women who stood out in the arts, crafts, weaving and fashion and became icons of these practices influencing new generations. Our focus, thus, is to show the interdependence between great women and great men in search of social justice for women, who have always been socially and professionally placed in the background. Among other things, this essay shows Bauhaus' precursor role in the inclusion of women and its influence on other art schools in Europe and the Americas, in the sense of creating legal mechanisms that would establish the same opportunities for men and women as an example for all segments of society.

Art Style, Art & Culture International Magazine is an open-access, biannual, and peer-reviewed online magazine that aims to bundle cultural diversity. All values of cultures are shown in their varieties of art. Beyond the importance of the medium, form, and context in which art takes its characteristics, art is considered the significance of socio-cultural, historical, and market influence.
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