Dorothy Browdy Kushner

“Emerging From the Shadows”: Dorothy Browdy Kushner by Robert Kushner

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I am so proud to see Dorothy Browdy Kushner’s works in print, listed with over 300 of her women colleagues. Below are some of the images recently published in Emerging from the Shadows: A Survey of Women Artists Working in California 1860-1960.  This four volume reference set has been a decades-long labor of love for the two authors, Maurine St. Gaudens and Joseph Morsman.

To learn more about my mother and California Modernist Dorothy Browdy Kushner, visit:


Dorothy Browdy Kushner – California Modernist Painter by Robert Kushner

Dorothy Browdy Kushner,  Red , casein on board, 40×30″, mid 60s.

Dorothy Browdy Kushner, Red, casein on board, 40×30″, mid 60s.

With Mother’s Day around the corner, I’d like to pay tribute to my own mother by introducing  a project I’ve been working on for quite some time.

Dorothy Browdy Kushner was a committed and skilled California modernist painter. She was my first teacher, critic and supporter. For the last year, I have assembled  images of her work and biographical text into a website on her work.  I hope that this will serve to introduce her and her diverse works  to those interested in what women were painting in an earlier era.  I am convinced that there are many more stories like hers out there that are owed their due–women who painted from their hearts with gusto and intelligence, whose work is worth reassessment and enjoyment.  I invite you to peruse and enjoy  Dorothy’s artwork (and life) online. Your feedback and thoughts are welcome.
Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers, especially those whose creative work blended seamlessly with their commitments to motherhood to serve as an inspiration to those of us who have followed.