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Louise NEvelson. Samantha Bartell 4. 19. 11. Louise N evelson. Born Leah Berliwsky in 1989 Born in Russia, of Russian Jewish Heritage Brought to America as a child in 1906. Childhood Life.

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Louise nevelson

Louise NEvelson

Samantha Bartell

4. 19. 11

Louise n evelson

Louise Nevelson

Born Leah Berliwsky in 1989

Born in Russia, of Russian Jewish Heritage

Brought to America as a child in 1906

Childhood life

Childhood Life

Lousie grew up in Rockland Maine where her father was a timber merchant. She often played in her fathers timber yard.

Her childhood experiences may have exposed her to wood as her medium for sculpture later in life.

Young adult life

Young Adult Life

Married in 1920 to Charles Nevelson; who was a wealthy ship owner.

Together they moved to New York.

Two years later, Louise gave birth to their son, Myron Mike Nevelson.

Photo from 1922

The start of louise nevelson art

The Start of Louise Nevelson Art

While in New York, Louise began to study art.

In 1928, she enrolled in New York’s Art students league to painting and sculpture.

In two years she decided that sculpture was for her.

Louise nevelson

Once she started, it was hard for Louise to gain and establish a major reputation.

Two Reason

Gender inequalities

A lack of sculptural tradition in the United States.

By the 1950s, twenty years after she started making art, she emerged as a very popular figure in American Art.

What d id s he make

What Did She Make?

Freestanding sculptures from wood that was finished in a plain white color of usually


Louise is known as the Heir of Abstract Expressionism.

Louise nevelson


  • Louise Nevelson was an American abstract sculptor who explored both the density and transparency of materials. Her imagery was based on surrealist and cubist models”.

  • The American sculptor Louise Nevelson began by using smooth abstract shapes… then she moved towards assemblage: the fitting together of ready-made wooden shapes, such as the splats and backs of chairs, knobs and banisters from demolished houses, scrolls and bits of molding.

Louise nevelson


  • Like some contemporary sculptors, Louise used “junk” materials; but her use of framework and use of the box, the column, and use of color really made her art different from others of that art era.

  • Her work was new, and unlike anything that America has seen thus far



  • “I’m a work horse. I like to work. I always did… I’ve never had a day when I didn’t want to work… and even if I didn’t want to compose, so I painted or stacked pieces into something. In my studio I’m as happy as a cow in her stall. That’s the only place where everything is all right…”

What it meant to louise

What it meant to louise

Louise felt that New York was changing before her very eyes, and that was what really inspired her to create what she did.

In American artists on art she writes, “…Many of my works are reflection of the city…”

Her home was being altered with new styles, new ideas, new buildings by the minute, and Nevelson did her best to translate that into a sculpture. And she succeeded.



Others who helped her along the way are

Hans Hoffman

Andre Mason

Alexander Calder

A couple movements also developed,

minimalism and feminist art.

Even a few artists were influenced by her type of art, according to the artstory.com, artist by the names of;

Mark di Suvero,

Willem De Kooning

Lee Bontecou

Junk sculptures

Louise Nevelson’s

“Junk” Sculptures

Royal tide v 1960

Royal Tide V 1960

Dawn s wedding chapel iv from dawn s wedding feast 1959 60

Dawn’s Wedding Chapel IV, from Dawn’s Wedding Feast, 1959-60

Mirror shadow vii 1985

Mirror Shadow VII 1985

Lesson plan

Lesson Plan

Lesson plan assemblage art

Lesson Plan: Assemblage Art

The Manipulative Stage (2-5)

The Symbol-Making Stage (6-9)

Early Childhood

Learn about the qualities of the art around them., textures, colors, smells, tastes, weights and other properties.

Lesson plan: Group Project

Grades 1-4

Learn about symbols, themes, such as events at school.

Start to include much more detail in their art.

Individual Projects

Lesson plan assemblage art1

Lesson Plan: Assemblage Art

The Preadolescent Stage (10-13)

Grades 5-8

More receptive to instruction, and they start to achieve their skills in painting, printmaking and sculpture.

Original Lesson Plan

Each make their own sculpture.

Works cited

Works cited

  • Eldridge-Ford, Ashely. "London Journal: Louise Nevelson Paints it Black." Art We Love. JWA -Discover - In Focus: Jewish Women Artists, 12 May 2011. Web. 27 Feb. 2011.

  • Jewish Women's Archive. JWA -Discover - In Focus: Jewish Women Artists, n.d. Web. 27 Feb. 2011. <http://jwa.org/discover/infocus/artists/nevelson/>.

  • Johnson, Ellen H., ed. American Artists On Art. New York: Harper & Row, 1982. 41-42. Print.

  • Lucie-Smith, Edward. Movements in Art Since 1945. New York: Thames and Hudson, 1985. 219-20. Print.

  • Lucie-Smith, Edward. Lives Of The Great Modern Artists. New York: Thames and Hudson, 1999. 248-52. Print.

  • "Louise Nevelson." Encyclopedia of World Biography. 2004. Encyclopedia.com. 27 Feb. 2011 <http://www.encyclopedia.com>.

  • Your Guide to Modern Art. The Art History Foundation, n.d. Web. 27 Feb. 2011. <http://www.theartstory.org/artist-nevelson-louise.htm>.

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