(Women) Artists Sale at Sotheby's

April 16 2021

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Sotheby's have unveiled a brand-new sale for May 2021 that they've called (Women) Artists. As the name suggests, the sale will contain works made by women across four centuries of art.

As the auction house's website explains:

Sotheby’s inaugural (Women) Artists auction celebrates contributions by women to art history across 400 years. Featuring a stand-out selection of works by the likes of Dorothea Tanning, Rachel Ruysch, Dame Elisabeth Frink, Dame Laura Knight and Helen Frankenthaler among others, the auction will offer original perspectives, initiate innovative dialogues and generate fresh appreciation for each work presented.


This is the latest development of a growing trend for the reappreciation of previously neglected women artists. It is perhaps notable that over the past few years we've seen an increasing number of commercial arts organisations following this much wider trend established by the academic and museums sectors decades ago. The recent high prices achieved for works by the likes of Mary BealeJudith Leyster and Artemisia Gentileschi is a sign perhaps that it has had an effect on the market for old masters. We'll look forward to seeing how the sale fayres!

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