For centuries in Western art, depictions of the artist’s studio—by artists from Courbet to Matisse to Wolfgang Tillmans—have shown it largely as a masculine environment. But as epitomized in such paintings as Night Studio (2009) by Nicole Eisenman and The Artist in Her Studio (1994) by Paula Rego, it has long been both a testing ground and a sanctuary for women artists as well.
For the 18 female artists considered below, including painters, sculptors, photographers, designers, and architects, their studios were also their homes. And luckily for us, these imaginative spaces—from Maud Lewis’s cottage in Nova Scotia, covered inside and out with painted flowers, leaves, and birds, to Georgia O’Keeffe’s sparsely furnished house and studio in New Mexico—are open to the public.
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