Women Artists and the Surrealist Movement


Whitney Chadwick’s groundbreaking study of women in the Surrealist movement, now available in paperback


ISBN: 9780500296165 Category:

Whitney Chadwick


This pioneering book stands as the most comprehensive treatment of the lives, ideas and art works of the remarkable group of women who were an essential part of the Surrealist movement. Frida Kahlo, Meret Oppenheim and Dorothea Tanning, among many others, became an embodiment of their age as they struggled towards artistic maturity and their own ‘liberation of the spirit’ in the context of the Surrealist revolution. Their stories and their achievements are presented here against the background of the turbulent decades of the 1920s, 30s and 40s, and the war that forced Surrealism into exile in New York and Mexico.

With 145 illustrations in colour

Additional information

Weight 692 g
Dimensions 15.6 x 22.9 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 7 October 2021
Number of pages 320
Format Paperback / softback
Contributors Foreword by Dawn Ades
Dimensions 15.6 x 22.9 cm
Weight 692 g


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Whitney Chadwick is an art historian and educator, who has published widely on contemporary art, modernism, Surrealism, and gender and sexuality. Among her many books are Women, Art and Society, The Militant Muse and, with Isabelle de Courtivron, Significant Others: Creativity and Intimate Partnership.