“I have worked in my studio not envying kings in their splendor; my mind to me was my kingdom and my work more than diamonds and rubies.”
As a woman trying to find success as a sculptor, Vinnie Ream had to carefully manage her expressions of femininity in order to stay within appropriate behavior for women at the time. Ream’s strategy was to align herself with more traditionally feminine artistic traditions, cultivating a public image that enabled her to be accepted as a female sculptor.
Read more about Ream (and her sculpture of Sappho) ↓
On the artist Vinnie Ream, one of a handful of successful female sculptors in the 19th century, and her sculpture, Sappho, on view at SAAM.