The history of the female artist has been one fraught with challenges and complications, and the 18th century was no exception. Indeed, during an era when women artists were achieving greater acclaim, the impediments to success were equally prevalent. Eighteenth-Century Women Artists: Their Trials, Tribulations, and Triumphs examines this dynamic in delightful detail. Setting the stage with the status of women in 18th-century European culture, the book tells the tale of some of the period's most prominent female artists, among them Elisabeth Vigée-LeBrun and Angelica Kauffman, and shares some of their strategies to achieve artistic success.

Author Caroline Chapman offers engaging insights into these artists and illustrates her text with more than 50 splendid images. The result is a refreshing look at the women who shaped the art world of the 18th century.