The King & Queen
Louise Nevelson (American, 1899 – 1988)
DimensionsMat : 30 x 36 in. (76.2 x 91.44 cm)
Credit LineGift of Mike Brummel ‘57
LabelBorn into a Russian Jewish family that immigrated to the United States when she was young, Louise Nevelson gave up a comfortable life as a New York socialite to pursue her passion for art. Her early work was strongly influenced by Cubism, but in the 1950s it gradually became more abstract. This print from the early 1950s illustrates that transitional phase of her career. Created shortly after a trip to Mexico where Nevelson was greatly impressed by ancient Olmec and Mayan art, the print depicts two highly-stylized, totemic figures framed within a roughly inscribed box. The use of geometric shapes to construct the composition, and the monotonal color scheme, strongly foreshadow the abstract found-object collage sculptures for which Nevelson later became famous.