Why are there so few female artists?

The ten most expensive paintings in history were painted by men. And of the $196 billion spent on art at auction in the last decade, women accounted for only 2% of sales. So why are so few female artists represented in the world of art?

Cite this page as: The National Gallery, London, "Why are there so few female artists?," in Smarthistory, August 30, 2021, accessed June 13, 2024, https://smarthistory.org/why-are-there-so-few-female-artists/.