Presented below, and organized by alphabetical order, are forty-three women artists who had no children.
AF KLINT, Hilma
Hilma af Klint (1862-1944) was a Swedish painter who is considered to be a pioneer of Abstract art, having started painting in that style as early as 1906.
Sofonisba Anguissola (c. 1532-1625) was an Italian painter of the Renaissance known for her portrait paintings and her influential legacy.
Débora Arango (1907-2005) was a Colombian artist who worked in different mediums, including painting, ceramics, and graphic art, to address political and controversial issues.
Cecilia Beaux (1855-1942) was an American portraitist whose subjects included First Lady Edith Roosevelt and other prominent members of society.
Rosa Bonheur (1822-1899) was a French artist known for her paintings of animals in a Realist style.
Fidelia Bridges (1834-1923) was an American artist known for her delicate paintings of flowers, plants, and birds.
Selma Burke (1900-1995) was an African American sculptor of the Harlem Renaissance movement.
Emily Carr (1871-1945) was a Canadian artist whose paintings were inspired by the landscapes of rural Canada and the culture of Indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast.
Rosalba Carriera (1673-1757) was an Italian painter known for her pastel portraits and one of the most successful women artists of her time.
Mary Cassatt (1844-1926) was an American painter who lived in France where she exhibited with the Impressionists.
DE KOONING, Elaine
Elaine de Kooning (1918-1989) was an American Abstract Expressionist painter.
DE MORGAN, Evelyn
Evelyn De Morgan (1855-1919) was an English painter associated with the Pre-Raphaelite movement and best known for her allegorical paintings of women, such as The Love Potion (1903), shown above.
Marisol Escobar (1930-2016), also known as simply Marisol, was a Venezuelan-American sculptor whose art combined elements from Pop art, Folk art, and pre-Columbian art.
Leonor Fini (1907-1996) was an Argentine-Italian painter who lived and worked in France, and is associated with the Surrealist movement.
Dagmar Freuchen-Gale (1907-1991) was a Danish artist whose fashion illustrations were featured on the covers of Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.
Tove Jansson (1914-2001) was a Swedish-speaking Finnish author-illustrator best known for her children’s book series, the Moomins, for which she received the Hans Christian Andersen Medal in 1966.
Gyo Fujikawa (1908 -1998) was a Japanese American illustrator whose pastel-colored and diverse children’s books sold over two million copies worldwide.
Wanda Gág (1893-1946) was an American author-illustrator of children’s books whose work included a reprint of the Grimm story Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1938), featuring the Poisoned Apple illustration shown above.
Fede Galizia (c. 1578-c. 1630) was an Italian painter of the Renaissance who was known for her portraits and still-life paintings.
Kate Greenaway (1846-1901) was an English author-illustrator of children’s books.
Carmen Herrera (1915-2022) was a Cuban-born American artist whose paintings reflect the Minimalist and Abstract movements.
Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) was a Mexican painter known for her self-portraits and other works which incorporated autobiographical elements relating to her chronic pain and childlessness.
Gwen John (1876-1939) was a Welsh artist who painted portraits of women in a limited range of colors.
JONES, Lois Mailou
Lois Mailou Jones (1905-1998) was an African American artist whose style varied throughout her career, from traditional landscapes to abstract paintings, influenced by her travels and her own heritage.
Angelica Kauffmann (1741-1807) was a Swiss Neoclassical painter and one of the two female founding members of the Royal Academy in London in 1768.
Adélaïde Labille-Guiard (1749-1803) was a French painter and one of the first women to become a member of the French Royal Academy in 1783.
Edmonia Lewis (1844-1907) was an American sculptor of mixed African-American and Native American heritage who found international recognition with her marble sculptures.
Agnes Martin (1912-2004), was a Canadian-American painter associated with the Minimalism and Abstract Expressionism movements.
Constance Mayer (1775-1821) was a French painter of portraits and miniatures.
Gabriele Münter (1877-1962) was a German painter who was a prominent member of the German Expressionist movement.
Suor Plautilla Nelli (1524–1588) was an Italian nun and self-taught painter of the Renaissance.
Marianne North (1830-1890) was an English botanical artist who painted the numerous plants and flowers she came across during her travels.
OKUHARA Seiko was a prominent Japanese artist who belonged to the Literati movement, which combined calligraphy, poetry, and painting.
Pan Yuliang (1895-1977) was a modernist Chinese painter who lived and worked in Paris for over 40 years.
Beatrix Potter (1866-1943) was an English author-illustrator and conservationist who is best known for her children’s book, The Tale of Peter Rabbit (1901), which features anthropomorphic animals.
Kay Sage (1898-1963) was an American Surrealist artist and poet.
Helene Schjerfbeck (1862-1946) was a Finnish modernist painter whose preferred subject varied from landscapes to abstract self-portraits to still life.
Amrita Sher-Gil (1913-1941) was a Hungarian-Indian artist and a pioneer of modern Indian art.
Dorothea Tanning (1910-2012) was an American painter and sculptor associated with Surrealism.
Alma Thomas (1891-1978) was an African American artist best known for her colorful and abstract paintings.
VAN HEMESSEN, Catharina
Catharina van Hemessen (1528- after 1565) was a Flemish Renaissance painter known for her portraits.
Remedios Varo (1908-1963) was a Spanish-born Mexican Surrealist artist.
Michaelina Wautier (1604-1689) was a Baroque painter from the Netherlands.