Brushing Up on Women’s History

With her hand-carved paintbrushes, Rebecca Szeto is getting a handle on great women of history. As a faux-finish painter, the San Francisco artist collects humble, end-of-life paintbrushes, which serve as both means and end.



The slow pace of whittling down the handles gives Szeto time to reflect on each individual and individual brush — a fitting tribute to the Old Masters.


Mary Tudor


Geisha


Reina Marianna of Austria


Geisha


Margaret Roper


Angela Isadora Duncan


Doña Hongari (after Velazquez)


Violet Jessep


Las Meninas


Suzette Lemaire


Infanta Marie Therese III


Girl with a Pearl Earring


Ode to Magritte


Madonna and Child


Berthe Morisot


Emilie du Chatalet

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