Lauren Kraut

Author

My day jobs are in museum Collections and teaching art history survey classes and Women in Art. When not emerged in art or in group chats with fellow art history teachers, there's a good chance I'm either reading or watching Golden Girls.

Articles by Lauren

Animals

Sporting Artist: Alfred Munnings

Alfred Munnings was the leading sporting artist during the first half of the 20th century. His paintings encompass a range of sporting themes: horses...

Lauren Kraut 25 August 2022

History

The Inked Ladies. Tattooed Women of the Victorian Era

Would it surprise you to learn that 59% of American women have at least one tattoo? That’s compared to the 41% of American men. Perhaps...

Lauren Kraut 22 August 2022

Cats

Women with Cats in Art: Crazy Cat Ladies or Independent Individualists?

Within arts, cats can have a symbolic meaning, and depending on the period of time, that meaning may vary. Their nocturnal habits gave them a...

Lauren Kraut 8 August 2022

Fashion

Heels Were Never Just for Women: Men in Heels

What do the Persians, Louis XIV, and Johnny Cash have in common? Their heeled footwear. Quite appropriate as heeled shoes were originated, and worn,...

Lauren Kraut 24 July 2022

Black and white photograph of a caucasian woman astride a horse, facing right Women Artists

Edith Somerville: Author, Artist, and Activist

Edith Somerville lived as full a life as anyone. Having the financial means, she led a life with no barriers as an unmarried author of several books,...

Lauren Kraut 4 July 2022

Interview

My Great-Grandmother Tamara de Lempicka: An Interview with Marisa de Lempicka

You may not know her name but you surely know her works. Tamara de Lempicka (1898-1980) is the icon of a modern woman, the epitome of Art Deco. She...

Lauren Kraut 18 June 2022

Vanitas painting with dark background. On the table are flowers, a scalloped dish filled with almonds, dates, and raisins, and pretzels on a pewter dish. There is also a pewter urn, a gold goblet, and wine glass filled with a red liquid. Women Artists

Women of the Dutch Golden Age

The art produced during the 17th-century Dutch Golden Age is known for its beautiful genre scenes, landscapes, and still lifes. But the...

Lauren Kraut 15 May 2022

Women Artists

Miné Okubo and Citizen 13660

During World War II thousands of United States citizens of Japanese ancestry were forcibly placed in concentration camps. These decisions were taken...

Lauren Kraut 26 February 2022

Suzanne Valadon Barnes Foundation: A white woman lays on a bed wearing a pink camisole and green and white striped pants. She has an unlit cigarette in her mouth and books at her feet. The bed curtains behind her are open and have a blue and white pattern, as does the bed spread. Review

Suzanne Valadon: Model, Painter, Rebel at the Barnes Foundation

In Suzanne Valadon: Model, Painter, Rebel, the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, PA, shows how Valadon transitioned from an in-demand model to a...

Lauren Kraut 27 December 2021

Women Artists

Female vs. Male Gaze: Suzanne Valadon’s Reclining Nude

Female nudes are prevalent throughout art history. There are the ancient mythological goddesses, the Biblical Eves and Susannas, and then there are...

Lauren Kraut 5 October 2021