Francesca Woodman (1958 – 1981)

Art critic Arthur Danto said of Woodman’s photographs, “It is impossible to view her work without being drawn into the vast questions it raises about life, art and the meaning and embodiment of sex…. Her work unfolds over time like the oeuvre of a brilliant and precocious poet, like Keats or Rimbaud, whose voice is present in every line.”

Woodman, who committed suicide in 1981 at age 22, is considered a rare exception. Posthumous recognition of her work has been remarkable considering only a quarter of the approximately 800 images she produced—many of them self-portraits—have ever been seen by the public.

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