A-Z GREAT WOMEN ARTISTS

This week its D & E!


⭐ D is for Elise Driggs ⭐


Elsie Driggs was an American painter known for her contributions to Precisionism, America’s first modern-art movement after World War One and before Abstract Expressionism!


She was the only female participant in the Precisionist movement, which in the 1920s and 1930s took a Cubist-inspired approach to painting the skyscrapers and factories that had come to define the new American landscape.


Briggs enjoyed painting these heavily industrial scenes that had dominated the landscape she grew up in.


Just look at how the beams of light are ‘cut’ through with the metal of the bridge in the first work - Queensborough Bridge, 1927 - I find this image just incredible!


Driggs traveled to Europe and was inspired by the work of Renaissance artist Piero della Francessca.


Driggs was represented by art dealer Charles Daniel in New York from 1913 - 1932 BUT withheld her gender from the reported misogynist dealer until he had offered her a place within his gallery programme.


She simply signed her work ‘Driggs’ and waited until the dealer showed a genuine interest in her work before she revealed her gender to him.


Not the first or last time a female artist had to resort to withholding their gender in order t