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* 23.9.1899 Kiev, † 17.4.1988 New York

Louise Nevelson was born Leah Berliawsky in 1899 in Kiev and emigrated with her parents in 1905 to Rockland/Main. In 1920 she married, taking her husband’s surname and went with him to New York. In 1929/30 she studied at the Art Students League in New York and in 1931 began her studies under Hans Hofmann, first in Munich and then in New York. During her stay in Europe, she became familiar with African sculpture at the Musée de l’Homme in Paris, which was to have a lasting influence. Back in New York, she worked as assistant to Diego Rivera. She had exhibitions early on, for example at Galerie Nierendorf in New York. In 1962 she took part in the Venice Biennale, and the documenta in Kassel in 1964 and 1968. The Whitney Museum of American Art in New York held the first comprehensive retrospective of her work in 1967. In 1983 Nevelson was awarded the “Gold Medal Sculpture” by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She died in New York in 1988.

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Lot 3501 - A189 PostWar & Contemporary - Saturday 29 June 2019, 02.00 PM


(Perejaslaw 1899–1988 New York)
The city. 1985.
Wood, painted.
67.5 x 40.5 x 11.5 cm.

CHF 30 000 / 50 000 | (€ 30 930 / 51 550)

Sold for CHF 66 180 (including buyer’s premium)
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Lot 3500* - A201 PostWar & Contemporary - Thursday 30 June 2022, 05.00 PM


(Perejaslaw 1899–1988 New York City)
Untitled. 1980.
Collage. Coardboard, oil and wood on board.
Signed and dated lower right: Louise Nevelson 80.
76 × 50.8 cm.

CHF 15 000 / 20 000 | (€ 15 460 / 20 620)

Sold for CHF 18 600 (including buyer’s premium)
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Lot 3670 - A205 Prints & Multiples - Thursday 22 June 2023, 10.00 AM


(Perejaslaw 1899–1988 New York)
Night Blossom. 1973.
Multiple. Painted wood. 87/100. Signed and numbered on a photo on the reverse: Louise Nevelson. Also on the backside with a plaquette with the artist's name, title, date and edition: LOUISE NEVELSON NIGHT BLOSSOM/1973 EDIZIONE STUDIO MARCONI. Size 33 × 29 × 7 cm.

CHF 3 000 / 5 000 | (€ 3 090 / 5 150)

Sold for CHF 4 125 (including buyer’s premium)
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