Before you name the female artists who prove this statement wrong like Georgia O’Keeffe, Yayoi Kusama, and Frida Kahlo, note that the quote is a title of a feminist essay by Linda Nochlin. USA Today reports on how Linda used the essay to talk about the “institutional barriers against women in art.”
Linda would clarify how in a 2015 interview that the quote also came from an actual conversation she had with a male art dealer. “Afterwards, (he) turned to me and said, ‘Linda, I would love to show women artists, but I can’t find any good ones. Why are there no great women artists?'” she said. “He actually asked me that question…It made me think, because, first of all, it implied that there were no great women artists. Second, because it assumed this was a natural condition. It just lit up my mind,” said Linda.