Ingenious Women. Women Artists and their Companions

Basel, Kunstmuseum | Hauptbau
2 March 2024 – 30 June 2024

The Klesch Collection was delighted to share multiple works with the wider public at the exhibition ‘Ingenious Women. Women Artists and their Companions’ curated by Dr Katrin Dyballa and Dr Bodo Brinkmann, the joint endeavour initiated by the Bucerius Kunst Forum Hamburg and the Kunstmuseum Basel.

This exhibition traced the careers of eighteen outstanding women artists from the sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries. With an innovative approach to the subject, it addressed the family context in which these women artists pursued their careers. During this early modern period, women artists were generally denied access to the guilds required to operate on a professional level. Many, if not all, women artists from these centuries came from or married into artistic families and, as a result, would spend their careers in the shadows of their fathers, husbands or brothers. This exhibition explored the rules and exceptions of the family ties in this gendered profession and juxtaposed the women’s work with that of their male relatives and fellow painters to emphasize stylistic likenesses and contrasts.

At the Kunstmuseum Basel, visitors were able to view our Portrait of Martini Martini and Young Man Smoking a Pipe by Michaelina Wautier, Still Life of Flowers by Rachel Ruysch and Portrait of Count Gentile Sassatelli by Lavinia Fontana.

Portrait by Michaelina Wautier of a man, half-length, facing to the right, wearing a blue garment and a red hat.

Michaelina Wautier, Portrait of Martino Martini, 1654

Michaelina Wautier, Young Man Smoking a Pipe, 1656?

Lavinia Fontana, Portrait of Count Gentile Sassatelli, 1581

Rachel Ruysch, Still Life of Flowers, 1687

Ingenious Women. Women Artists and their Companions

Basel, Kunstmuseum | Hauptbau
2 March 2024 – 30 June 2024

The Klesch Collection was delighted to share multiple works with the wider public at the exhibition ‘Ingenious Women. Women Artists and their Companions’ curated by Dr Katrin Dyballa and Dr Bodo Brinkmann, the joint endeavour initiated by the Bucerius Kunst Forum Hamburg and the Kunstmuseum Basel.

This exhibition traced the careers of eighteen outstanding women artists from the sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries. With an innovative approach to the subject, it addressed the family context in which these women artists pursued their careers. During this early modern period, women artists were generally denied access to the guilds required to operate on a professional level. Many, if not all, women artists from these centuries came from or married into artistic families and, as a result, would spend their careers in the shadows of their fathers, husbands or brothers. This exhibition explored the rules and exceptions of the family ties in this gendered profession and juxtaposed the women’s work with that of their male relatives and fellow painters to emphasize stylistic likenesses and contrasts.

At the Kunstmuseum Basel, visitors were able to view our Portrait of Martini Martini and Young Man Smoking a Pipe by Michaelina Wautier, Still Life of Flowers by Rachel Ruysch and Portrait of Count Gentile Sassatelli by Lavinia Fontana.

Portrait by Michaelina Wautier of a man, half-length, facing to the right, wearing a blue garment and a red hat.

Michaelina Wautier, Portrait of Martino Martini, 1654

Michaelina Wautier, Young Man Smoking a Pipe, 1656?

Lavinia Fontana, Portrait of Count Gentile Sassatelli, 1581

Rachel Ruysch, Still Life of Flowers, 1687