Broad Strokes by Bridget Quinn

Broad Strokes

Historically, major women artists have been excluded from the mainstream art canon. Aligned with the resurgence of feminism in pop culture, Broad Strokes offers an entertaining corrective to that omission. Art historian Bridget Quinn delves into the lives and careers of 15 brilliant female artists in text that's smart, feisty, educational, and an enjoyable read. Replete with beautiful reproductions of the artists' works and contemporary portraits...

Details Broad Strokes

TitleBroad Strokes
Release DateMar 7th, 2017
PublisherChronicle Books
GenreArt, Nonfiction, Feminism, History, Biography, Art History

Reviews Broad Strokes

  • Vanessa Hua
    Completely engrossing, deeply moving and inspiring. I learned so much and yet it never felt didactic. It's the kind of book where you want to run out and grab your friend and ask, "Did you know....?!?! Can you believe that....?!?" It's the kind of book that makes you want to go to a museum, a gallery to view art, and then to roll up your sleeves and make art yourself. Do yourself a favor and get this intimate, memorable book, post-haste!
  • Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
    I had just finished Skila Brown's Stone Mirrors: the Sculpture and Silence of Edmonia Lewis and was looking for more information on Edmonia Lewis, when I discovered Broad Strokes. I'd only heard of about a third of the artists discussed in its pages, so I learned a lot. I like Quinn's chatty writing style. It felt as I was reading as if I were sitting at a table across from her in a café and she were telling me all about these women. I have to a...
  • Caterina
    Im glad I did not allow myself to be put off by the slightly cringe-inducing title, because Bridget Quinn is such a great storyteller that I almost feel as if Ive known and loved these astonishing artists and their works forever when in reality I had never heard of several, and had only seen-in-real-life the work of 5. Kara Walker, Ruth Asawa, and Louise Bourgeois Illustrations by Lisa Congdon.At its heart this book is a memoir of Quinns own jou...
  • Jessica Carew Kraft
    Broad Strokes is a fabulous re-visioning and revival of 15 notable women artists, diverse in their media, their histories, and their motivations. Yet Quinn finds a through line for all of them anchored in her own discovery of their work at different times and places in her life. Ive never read this kind of wonderful hybrid of memoir, art history and feminist scholarship and it left me wanting more of all of it from the author. I was especially st...
  • Yukari
    I was privileged to get an early copy, and I devoured it. The book is a gem. It is partly exactly what it says on the cover -- 15 women who made art and history. But the book is also part memoir. These are artists that made a difference to the author in her journey as an art historian, a woman, a writer and a mother. By doing so, she gives us a window into how we too can find our own way to appreciate art. Reading the book made me want to visit a...
  • Laurie Doyle
    Art historian and author Bridget Quinn illuminates the work of 15 brilliant women artists in this highly enjoyable read. The book is full of inspiring paintings and photographs, along with winsome portraits by illustrator Lisa Congdon. One of my favorite chapters focuses on San Francisco sculptor Ruth Asawa. This book gives long overdue credence to women who broke all kinds of artistic barriers . Highly, highly recommended.
  • Mattea Gernentz
    Enchanting, witty, and illuminating. I picked up a (signed!) hardback copy of this text from Green Apple Books in San Francisco for only $12 without knowing the blessing it would prove to be. (It had initially caught my eye in the Art Institute of Chicago's gift shop, but I never bought it.) If you want a relatively quick, engaging read that elevates the lives of fifteen women often tragically overlooked in the history of art, please read! It is ...
  • Dov Zeller
    I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it (and I'm hoping to buy it.)Here are some quotes from other gr reviewers."Broad Strokes is a fabulous re-visioning and revival of 15 notable women artists, diverse in their media, their histories, and their motivations. Yet Quinn finds a through line for all of them anchored in her own discovery of their work at different times and places in her life. Ive never read this kind of wonderful hybrid o...
  • Antonia
    I love my Kindle, but Im so glad I opted for this gorgeous hardcover book. (Yes, Marie, it sparks joy even to hold it in my hands, even to look at the cover, knowing now what is within.)I knew of Artemisia Gentileschi, Vanessa Bell, and Louise Bourgeois (though not their whole stories) and had heard of a couple others, but many of the artists in this book were new to me. I learned so much and in such an enjoyable and moving way. (I kept exclaimi...
  • Jamie
    I initially got this book because it's illustrated by Lisa Congdon and I've liked her other books a lot but the portraits in here are so muted and flat, which doesn't fit the cover or the loud-and-proud artists covered by the excellent text so that's why this gets 4 stars instead of 5. Still, it's an awesome (and not overwhelming) chronological look at important women artists written by in a fresh and personal style by a woman who knows her shit.
  • Ethel Rohan
    I was fortunate enough to receive an advance copy of BROAD STROKES: 15 Women Who Made Art and Made History (in That Order).My interest in the book stemmed from a dormant love of history of art carried over from my distant high school days. I am also fierce about all pursuits that revise history to recover the overlooked and forgotten (and women in particular). So I felt eager for the read, and my expectations were exceeded.It's not only a feast f...
  • Laird
    Until I picked up Bridget Quinn's Broad Stokes, I had forgotten how much I love art history. The history of art is the history of seeing; the story of human beings constructing meaning from lessons of their eyes. But too often it can feel like a parade of cracked paint in faded gilt frames. My art history professor in college was a showman, who made his lectures come alive with wry exclamations. Quinn's knack is to humanize her subjects with poig...
  • Jennifer
    I loved this book. I was fortunate enough to be able to borrow from the library the e-book and audiobook at the same time so I listened to the narration as I followed along and looked at the artwork. I found this very beneficial as I could stare at the artwork while hearing it being described. I enjoyed learning about the 15 (16?) artists in this book and appreciated the chronological order of how the artists were introduced. I also learned a lot...
  • Emily Davenport
    Inspiring and challenging and beautifully written. Highly recommended!
  • Laura
    This book is for anyone who has ever sat in the dark watching slides in Art History 101 and had a light go off: Where are the women artists? The big tome for that class, History of Art, by H.W. Janson, discussed only 16 female artists--and that was in a late edition. What about all the others? What kinds of lives did they lead? How did being a woman affect their art? Is there something particular about "feminine" art. These are all questions that...
  • Brandon McGuire
    It may have taken me a while to finish, but I really loved this book. I will be the first to say that I dont know much about art. There are certain artists whose works I enjoy (Van Gogh, Monet, etc.), but I never grew up with it nor really much interest in it until I went to college. Therefore, this book really took me by surprise. It helps that Bridget Quinn is a wonderful author that just really makes you want to continue reading due to the per...
  • Sara
    This was a pretty fun read. My undergrad was in art history and I thought that this would be another run through the few women who get mentioned in western art history courses, but I was surprised to find that I hadn't known much about a lot of the women Quinn talks about. Even the women I did know about, there were some really interesting facts that I hadn't considered or explored deeply. While this book is a pretty quick read, it ended up being...
  • Stephany Wilkes
    I simply ADORE this book. I cannot get enough of it, and wish it were a series. I miraculously chanced to hear Bridget Quinn read one of the essays in this book at a Litquake event, and I thank the stars I did, because I committed to watch for this book's release and now have it in my hot little hands. Quinn is an art detective, historian, researcher, journalist, brilliant essayist and, best of all, knows and loves her subject. She decodes and ex...
  • Lisa Reed
    Two things I rarely do: give five stars and write a review. I bought this book on a whim, thinking it might read a little like a textbook, but then "Why not? I should know more about artists in general and women artists specifically." By the time I finished chapter two I was tweeting the author and telling all my friends they should read this book. Textbook it is not! While it is extremely educational, the stories are also captivating and inspiri...
  • Lauren
    I loved this book. I too noticed the lack of female artists in my art history textbook (which I still have, nerdy, I know). The author does a great job of highlighting women artists from all different time periods and genres. The author provided backstory of the artist's lives and descriptions and analysis of several works. Her writing style was approachable for both those well versed in the art world and those with a passing interest in art - an...
  • Amy
    I am not an artist or an art history student. I took one survey course in college. So I appreciate art from the novice perspective - when I find something I like, I enjoy learning more about the artist or the piece. For a novice like me, Quinn's book is lovely. I really liked the mix of art history, biography, and studio art. I knew only two of the artists she profiles (Artemisia Gentileschi and Lee Krasner) but am now a fan of several of the oth...
  • Jolly Jess
    I enjoyed the conversational narrative of the book. It was fun to read even though art history can be quite a dry subject, the author infused her book with pithy enthusiasm. I found the pictures of the art she was referring to well placed (imbedded in the chapter rather than clumped together in a section at the center of the book). At one point I might have tried to pinch the picture bigger as though I was looking at it on a tablet ☺. I enjoy...
  • Sara Thompson
    This is all about women artists. The chapters are short but informative. The stories are heartbreaking, inspiring, and discussion making. I can't say enough good things and keep trying to read sections to my family (who seem a little less excited than I am). So many unsung artists. I am excited to explore their work even more.
  • Ashley Hasty
    I loved Loved LOVED this book - and not just because I'm a woman or because I love art, but because the stories in this book made me love LIFE even more. Heartwarming, inspiring, educational, and freaking hilarious at times. You'll want to read this book.For more about this book, visit:
  • Victoria
    Loved this book and her writing. It felt good to spend time getting to know the women I studied in school on a more personal level. Art lover or not, its worth the read. Loved this book and her writing. It felt good to spend time getting to know the women I studied in school on a more personal level. Art lover or not, it’s worth the read.
  • Stefanie W
    All the stars, ALL OF THEM. Do yourself a favour and read this one.
  • Julia Hovenier
    one star deducted because you can tell the author gave up much of her radicalism for liberal white feminism as she got older, but all in all a fun and interesting read!!!!
  • Kathy Davie
    Fifteen mini biographies of women artists through history representing different periods in art.My TakeConsistently throughout these fifteen biographies, we learn that Quinn had to hunt and search and struggle to find information on these women, of the obstacles, denigration, and deprivation that each woman struggled through.The "introduction" to Broad Strokes explained how Quinn came to find a need for it. Fascinated by these incredible painters...