Mid-Century Modern Women in the Visual Arts

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Brand: Chronicle

Type: Books


Mid-Century Modern Women in the Visual Arts features an unparalleled collection of real-life heroines of the art, design, and fashion industries. 

This gorgeous book is brimming with colorful, hand-painted portraits of each of the 25 creative women.

Each illustration is accompanied by a carefully selected quote—each lovely lady’s own words to live by. 

Entries feature a short biography of each prominent figure of the 1930s to the 1960s.

Brimming with original illustrations by Ellen Surrey

Includes an introduction by Gloria Fowler

Mid-Century Modern Women in the Visual Arts is a celebration of some of the most creative and successful women of that era, and how their work still resonates today. 

Wit, wisdom, and willfulness abound on page after page of this vibrant anthology.

A great pick for mid-century architecture, design, and lifestyle fans

Includes a brilliant range of well-known women and those who certainly should be

Makes for a treasured gift of inspiration for creative tweens to adults, as well as artists, designers, and feminists.

Gorgeous on display on the coffee table.

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Pages: 116
  • Size: 7 1/2 x 10 V


Gloria Fowler is a publisher, editor, designer, and author based in Los Angeles who has created many books on design and the arts.

Ellen Surrey is a Los Angeles-based illustrator with a love of all things nostalgic. Her clients include the New York Times, New Yorker, Google, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, and more.



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