about impresario

Impresario is an interdisciplinary project exploring art, museums, the art market, life-writing studies and visual culture. It is published by Henry Martin. 

At present, the dominant research strands are contemporary artists, and the little-documented history of women as art dealers in the US before 1950. 

 

Related topics include American art, exhibition history, modernism, New York art market, history of collecting, history of dealing, biography studies, museology, art historiography, and history of publishing and the material and visual cultures. ​​

 

resources

This list includes links to a number of databases and websites for those interested in exploring visual culture, modernism, life narrative studies, and the broader humanities. Click on the attachment link. 

 

about henry martin

Teaching and Writing CV

Website 

I am a researcher at the National College of Art and Design (Dublin, Ireland; NCAD Scholarship) and a Fulbright–Creative Ireland Fellow at the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. I have first-class honors Masters by Research in the Art Market and the History of Collecting (University of Buckingham, National Gallery, London; Tavolozza Foundation Scholarship), and a BA International in English and Philosophy (National University of Ireland, Galway). I have lectured at Camberwell College of Art, London and I am the author of Agnes Martin: Pioneer, Painter, Icon (Schaffner Press), and contributor to Great Women Artists and Great Women Painters (both Phaidon). 

 

a-z list of women art dealers

 

Art dealer: noun, a person who buys and sells works of art. (Collins English Dictionary, 2022)

 

Since 2015 I have collected names of women art dealers (mostly in America), with a general view on the 1900–1950 period and a focus on the 1930s.

 

I would love to hear from you if you have information on the names highlighted and/or if you are undertaking your own research on this dealer and their gallery/ activities. From January 2022 I began adding women dealers from other countries.

Notes: 

 

1. Most of these dealers, but not all, operated galleries or initiatives under their own name. Some were assistants in a gallery, or freelance "curators". 

 

2. In this list, for brevity, I have omitted gallery names. 

 

3. The below list concentrates on the period 1900–1950 and does not reflect the complete list I am working on.

 

4. The word "dealer" is an umbrella term. Early dealers were often called gallerists, managers, directors and curators.

 

For the most part I do not include the names of women collectors who also may have infrequently consigned or sold work to another dealer or customer; the main exception is Gertrude Stein (1874–1946) who I include in the below list as a point of clarification (and also because she often sold works she no longer wanted). 

 

With the exception of Stein, for the purposes of this project, I consider a dealer to be anybody who organized an exhibition—or ran an enterprise—with the express aim to "sell" art. (Dealer is distinct to Agent, though arguably agents such as Cassatt and Tyson Hallowell were proto-dealers). I have also included the names of women who founded Societies or Associations (Wheeler) or Expositions (Duane Gillespie), wherein art was sold, even if these societies looked and operated differently to our present-day concept of a dealer-gallery system.

 

If you believe more names should be added to this list, please navigate to the contact page to get in touch. 

Country designates where the dealer predominantly (or latterly) operated; not their nationality. Many Europeans emigrated to the US between 1900 and 1950; and some dealers, like the American, Peggy Guggenheim, established galleries (however short lived) in France, UK, and US. 

Black = American

Blue = French

Red = German

Green= UK

Pink = Netherlands

Annot [Jacobi]

Anneberg, Marjorie 

Asher, Betty M. 

Bachert, Hildegard

Bacon, Virginia P.

Baron, Ella

Baum, Jan

Bondi-Jari, Lea

Boone, Mary

Borgenicht, Grace

Boughton, Alice

Brausen, Erica

Braunstein, Ruth

Bremer, Anja

Brown, Margaret

Browse, Lillian

Bryant, Harriet C. 

Cane, Florence

Caspari, Anna

Cassatt, Mary

Coleman, Alannah

Coleman Manshel, Anita

Cooper, Paula

Courvoisier, Moira (Wallace)

Copley, Claire

Creelman, Alice

Curttis-Gould, Leah

Davidge, Clara (Potter)

Denney, Alice

Diament Sujo, Clara

Dintenfass, Terry

Dorrance, Nesta

Dreier, Katherine S.

Dunbar-Kilburn, Cecilia

Dwan, Virginia

Epstein, Evan

Esman, Rosa

Ey, Johanna

Faure, Patricia

Felsen, Rosamund

Fleischman, Martha

Force, Juliana

Fischback, Marilyn (Cole)

Fried, Rose

Garman, Kathleen

Gechtoff, Ethel

Gee, Helen

Gibbons, Sallie (J.) (or Sadie)

Gillespie, Elizabeth (Duane)

Goodman, Marian

Grosman, Tatyana

Gruskin, Mary J. 

Guggenheim, Peggy

Hackett, Helen (Sr.)

Hackett, Helen (Jr.)

Halpert, Edith (Gregor)

Hallowell, Sara(h) T(yson)

Harriman, Marie

Harvey, Emily

Hearn, Pat

Heap, Jane

Herzbrun, Helene

Hooks, Geri

Horne, Alice Merrill

Horne, Grace

Hutton, Dorothy

Jackson, Martha (Kellog)

Jacobi, Lotte

Juda, Annely

Judd Ryan, Beatrice

Kallir, Jane
Kane, Constance
Karlis, Tirca
Kasle, Gertrude
Kellen, Estella

Kornblee, Jill
Kraushaar, Antoinette
Kroll Goldsmith, Berthe "Bea"
Kuh, Katharine
Lefranc, Margaret
Leavin, Margo
Lessore, Helen
Little, Elspeth
Lowengrund, Margaret

Lust, Elenore
Lawrence, Genevieve
Lazuk, Vera
Maeght, Isabelle

Mairet, Ethel
Mansion, Gracie
Meyer, Agnes E. 
Nalecz, Halima
Nicholson, Grace
Norton, Peter
Nosei, Annina
Oppenheimer, Rosa
Orwen, Mary

Parker, Gertrud
Paris Dorothy
Parsons, Betty
Passendoit, Georgette
Payson, Joan Whitney

Pearl, Marilyn
Peterson, Joan
Poindexter, Elinor
von Porada
Käthe
Quinn Sullivan, Mary
von Rebay, Hilla  
Reed, Alma
Rigelhaupt, Eleanor
Robles, Esther
Roberts, Colette
Robinson, Increase
Rockwell, Betty

Roosevelt, Jean. S. 
Rose, Murial
Ross, Ann
Ross, Linda
Rouiller, Alice
Saidenberg, Eleanore B.

Schaefer, Bertha
Schaeffer, Kate

Scheyer, Galka
​Seachrest, Effie
Selick, Arlene
​Serger, Helen
Shaw, Lois
Silverman, Iris
Solomon, Holly

Sonnabend, Ilena
Sonnabend, Joan
Sothmann, Magdalene

Speyer, Darthea
Stein, Gertrude (b. 1927)
Stein, Gertrude 

Sterner, Marie (Norton)
Story, Ala
Sujo, Clara Diament
Sundell, Nina (Castelli)
Talalay, Marjorie
Taylor, Mildred D.
Teschner, Ruth
Turnbull, Peggy

Varga, Margit
Viviano, Catherine
Vogel, Ilse-Margret
Walker, Ione (Gaul)

Walinska, Anna
Ward, Eleanor
Watson, Clarissa

Washburn, Joan
Weill, Berthe
Wertheim, Lucy Carrington
Wheeler, Candace
Whitney, Gertrude (Vanderbilt)
Willard, Marian
Williams, Mary
Williams, Abigail
Winer, Helene
Wittler, Lelia

Zabriskie, Virginia
Zak, Hedvige