In the early 1900s, Tuscany was a magnet for Italy-loving expats. Many frequented the literary circles of Florence, among them Vernon Lee, Gertrude Stein, Bernard Berenson and Iris Origo; others created art, such as Frank Lloyd Wright, Maurice Denis and Carlo B?cklin. Some stayed briefly or made frequent returns, while others made their homes here, like French-born Nabis painter Elisabeth Chaplin and Lola Costa, the English painter and wife of a more well-known Tuscan artist, Federigo Angeli. Chaplin and Costa, who visited each other at their neighboring villas?Chaplin?s Il Treppiede and Costa?s Il Palmerino?are the first subjects of Woman Painters of the 1900s, a series of exhibits, lectures, seminars and workshops organized by the Associazione Culturale Villa Il Palmerino, the Advancing Women Artists Foundation, the Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze and the Modern Art Gallery at Palazzo Pitti, and sponsored by the U.S. Consulate in Florence.
The series, running from April 28 to May 18, is a prelude to the opening of the Museum of the 1900s (Museo del Novecento) in Santa Maria Novella?s renovated Leopoldine complex, and it provides a window on the lives and work of creative women in Tuscany, particularly during decades overshadowed by the two world wars.