Louise Nevelson, untitled. Black painted plaster on marble base. Sculpture: 18 x 15, base: 15 x 22. Circa 1935. Louise Nevelson (b.1899 – d.1988) was an American sculptor known for her monumental, monochromatic, wooden wall pieces and outdoor sculptures. Nevelson’s work is fundamental to the history of Feminist art. Her dramatic sculptures paved the way for the dialogues of the feminist art movement of the 1970’s by breaking the taboo that only men’s artwork could be large scale. Born in the Poltava Governorate of the Russian Empire (present-day Ukraine), she emigrated with her family to the United States in the early 20th century. By the early 1930’s she was attending art classes at the Art Students League of New York, and in 1941 she had her first solo exhibition. A student of Hans Hofmann and Chaim Gross, Nevelson experimented with early conceptual art using found objects, and dabbled in painting and printing before dedicating her lifework to sculpture. Her sculptures appear puzzle-like, often 3-D. One unique feature of her work is that her figures are often painted in monochromatic black or white. Piece shows hairline crack around the neck, chipped finish, see pictures, and missing peg at marble stand. Purchased from the Joan Washburn Gallery.