It’s International Women’s Day, to celebrate, we’ve selected portraits of women by female artists

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  • Rineke Dijkstra, 'Julie, Den Haag, Netherlands, February 29 1994' 1994

    Rineke Dijkstra
    Julie, Den Haag, Netherlands, February 29 1994 1994
    Photograph on paper
    image: 1170 x 945 mm
    Purchased 1998 Rineke Dijkstra

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  • Lorna Simpson, 'Five Day Forecast' 1991

    Lorna Simpson
    Five Day Forecast 1991
    5 photographs, gelatin silver print on paper, 15 engraved plaques
    displayed: 622 x 2464 mm
    Purchased with funds provided by the 2010 Outset / Frieze Art Fair Fund to benefit the Tate Collection 2010 Lorna Simpson, courtesy Salon 94, New York

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  • Fiona Tan, 'Saint Sebastian' 2001

    Fiona Tan
    Saint Sebastian 2001
    Two screen colour video projection, audio
    duration: 22 min
    Purchased 2005 Fiona Tan

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  • Paula Rego, 'Bride' 1994

    Paula Rego
    Bride 1994
    Pastel on paper
    support: 1200 x 1606 mm
    Purchased 1995 Paula Rego

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  • Angelica Kauffmann, 'Portrait of a Lady' circa 1775

    Angelica Kauffmann
    Portrait of a Lady circa 1775
    Oil on canvas
    frame: 910 x 770 x 70 mm support: 792 x 635 mm
    Presented by Mrs M. Bernard 1967

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  • Sarah Jones, 'The Dining Room (Francis Place) I' 1997

    Sarah Jones
    The Dining Room (Francis Place) I 1997
    Photograph on paper on aluminium
    image: 1500 x 1500 mm
    Purchased 1999 Sarah Jones, courtesy Maureen Paley, London

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  • Tracey Emin, 'May Dodge, My Nan' 1963-93

    Tracey Emin
    May Dodge, My Nan 1963-93
    Plastic and textile in glass and wood box
    displayed: 162 x 182 x 181 mm
    Presented by Tate Members 2004 Tracey Emin

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  • Marlene Dumas, 'Ivory Black' 1997

    Marlene Dumas
    Ivory Black 1997
    Oil on canvas
    support: 2004 x 1002 x 27 mm
    Purchased 1998 Marlene Dumas

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  • Cindy Sherman, 'Untitled Film Still #17' 1978, reprinted 1998

    Cindy Sherman
    Untitled Film Still #17 1978, reprinted 1998
    Photograph on paper
    image: 745 x 950 mm frame: 970 x 1157 x 32 mm
    Presented by Janet Wolfson de Botton 1996 Cindy Sherman

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  • Pauline Boty The Only Blonde in the World 1963

    Pauline Boty
    The Only Blonde in the World 1963
    Oil on canvas
    122.4 x 153 cm

    © Estate of Pauline Boty

  • Sonia Boyce, 'From Tarzan to Rambo: English Born 'Native' Considers her Relationship to the Constructed/Self Image and her Roots in Reconstruction' 1987

    Sonia Boyce
    From Tarzan to Rambo: English Born 'Native' Considers her Relationship to the Constructed/Self Image and her Roots in Reconstruction 1987
    Photograph and mixed media
    support: 1240 x 3590 mm
    Purchased 1987 Sonia Boyce

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  • Mona Hatoum, 'Measures of Distance' 1988

    Mona Hatoum
    Measures of Distance 1988
    Video
    Purchased 1999 Mona Hatoum

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  • Sarah Lucas, 'Self Portrait with Fried Eggs' 1996

    Sarah Lucas
    Self Portrait with Fried Eggs 1996
    Inkjet print on paper
    image: 745 x 514 mm support: 760 x 565 mm frame: 910 x 650 x 33 mm
    Purchased 2001 Sarah Lucas

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  • Ana Mendieta, 'Untitled (Self-Portrait with Blood)' 1973

    Ana Mendieta
    Untitled (Self-Portrait with Blood) 1973
    Colour photograph on paper
    frame: 398 x 310 x 32 mm
    Presented by the American Patrons of Tate, courtesy of the Latin American Acquisitions Committee 2010 The estate of Ana Mendieta, courtesy Galerie Lelong, New York

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  • Linder, 'She/She' 1981/2007

    Linder
    She/She 1981/2007
    Silver bromide prints from original negatives
    frame: each 707 x 612 x 34 mm
    Purchased with funds provided by Wendy Fisher 2009 Linder

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From Angelica Kauffmann’s classical portrayal of an 18th century lady to Tracey Emin’s homage to her nan, these portraits tackle important themes of intimate relationships, sexuality and media representation of women.

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