Wanda Gag - an artist who took many risks : Suzi McArdle

What an artist ! Taking her Bohemian German roots and parlaying them into a world of literature and illustration. Excitement in all of the things that an artist would be interested in, she espoused the early influences of European cultures in America at the turn of the century and beyond. Having written in many journals, and attending the most prestigious schools while having lived in poverty with the dignity of an artist, Wanda Gag depicted the best of an artist’s drive for ethical content at the time. She had an artist’s voice that was her very own, and she delivered the art that she created through the most illustrious channels in a time when women were not taken always seriously in the realm of art.
She had a determined soul, and was given a start as a child that lavished her abilities with praise and precedence. As the oldest child in her family, she was very close to her father who supported her in her art even as he saw that she would have many challenges. She proceeded to take work that was relative to her art aspirations to give her the determination that she needed during these troubling times for her family, and with the resolve that it still takes many artists to " Make It " in the art world, she succeeded by having a sense of priority for her talents. And, instead of stopping there, the woman continued to bring success to her siblings by her example of reaching her goals. She lived a feminist and had the sensibilities to engender the labor movement as well, and Wanda believed in what she fostered in her life to the extent of writing with a strong feminine voice that was well thought of at the time, as a voice of importance and reason. She reached beyond where her art had taken her as a successful artist, and had taken a role in the issues of the day in the 20’s and 30’s. And writing about the feminine sides to a relationships, when during the 40’s – and the war effort became a feminine issue, publications such as the Nation, were pleased to publish her as an important voice for the issues of the day: for women.

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