Honor Clerk

The sorrow and the pity

Linda Nochlin sensitively analyses images of the extreme poverty that crippled the 19th century

In 1971 the late Linda Nochlin burst onto the public scene with her groundbreaking essay, ‘Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?’ Unlike other apologists, she made no claim that there were, in fact, great overlooked women artists but shifted the ground of the question to ask why circumstances made it impossible for women to be great artists.

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