25 Influential Women Artists of the 20th Century

Ask anyone to name a famous artist and you’ll probably hear the same names repeated over and over again: 

Da Vinci, Picasso, Monet, Degas … the list goes on and on. What you’re not likely to hear? A woman’s name. 

Here's a list of 25 female artists from the 20th century you should know. Using art encyclopedias and museum websites, it has curated a list of women who have influenced the art world in a number of ways. 

One of the most important painters of her generation, Agnes Martin was an abstract artist who created minimalistic paintings driven by her transcendentalist and Buddhist beliefs.

Agnes Martin

Through her sculptures, Augusta Savage transformed everyday moments in the lives of Black Americans into high art

Augusta Savage

Documentary photography as we know it today wouldn’t exist without the work and influence of Dorothea Lange.

Dorothea Lange

Often called “the mother of American modernism,” O’Keeffe literally changed the landscape of American art over the course of her 80-year career

Georgia O’Keeffe

Surrealist painter Frida Kahlo is one of the few female artists to be known worldwide. Of the 200 works she produced, many are self-portraits,

Frida Khalo