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Women landscape artists celebrated at Lady Lever Art Gallery

A spotlight is being shone on the work of female landscape artists at the Lady Lever Art Gallery this spring.

Another View: Landscapes by Women Artists, opening on April 20, will feature around 40 works by painters including Vanessa Bell, Dame Ethel Walker and Ingrid Pollard.

There will also be work by Harriet Gouldsmith, hailed as the first professional woman landscape painter, Elizabeth Forbes, Constance Mary Pott, and war artists Mary Kessell and Katerina Wilczynski.

Another View, presented chronologically, will consider how artists have used their practice to explore the issues of their day, asking questions about class, sex, politics, and more through their depictions of landscape.

And it will examine the term ‘lady amateur’ which was used to describe many female artists, before exploring how women pushed for greater recognition as artists, particularly in the 19th Century.

Many works on show come from the Walker Art Gallery collection, accompanied by key loans from galleries including the Atkinson at Southport, the Whitworth in Manchester and the V&A, and include paintings, etchings and drawings.

Above: Garden, Vence, inscribed 1965, Elizabeth Blackadder c. National Museums Liverpool. Top: Meadowland, printed before 1908, Elizabeth Christie Austen Brown c. National Museums Liverpool.

Melissa Gustin, Curator of British Art at National Museums Liverpool, said: “Far from just painting pretty watercolours, this exhibition shows how women landscape painters used their art to express their individual gazes, representing multiple viewpoints along the way.

“They explored and interrogated the landscape around them, developing important networks and experimenting with new mediums and techniques in the process.

"We’re looking forward to sharing their stories and celebrating their work, which has perhaps been overlooked historically within the narrative of British landscape painting.” 

Another View: Landscapes by Women Artists is at the Lady Lever Art Gallery from April 20 to August 18.

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