New publication: Malerinnen unter Männern – um 1800 in Dresden

Professor Martina Sitt (Art History and Aesthetics) brings out new publication.

In the Dresden home of the painter Gerhard von Kügelgen, teacher and advisor to many women, moved not only famous artists and writers such as Goethe and Caspar David Friedrich, but also many women artists who were renowned in their time. Although these were talented, modern and independent women who quite successfully made their way through an art world dominated by men, we hardly know or see anything of them today: Very few originals are signed, many works are hidden behind the family name, falsely attributed (to men) or even remain in the depot.

As part of a project seminar in art studies at the University of Kassel, a number of important female artists and their works have now been brought back to light. The students acted as godparents for one of these female painters each and traced the complex networks in which artists, musicians and writers came together collectively in the bourgeois salons for discussions and exchange. Temporally, the focus is on the "women-friendly" years in and shortly after 1800, and it is in this context that the work field of reproduction and artist copying is presented, which played an important role in terms of women's education and career opportunities. The researchers' texts describe the individual starting situations and life paths of Caroline Bardua, Therese aus dem Winckel, Therese Richter, and Dora Stock, among others.