Nevelson, Louise maiden name: Berliawsky
Ukrainian, 20th century, female.
Active and naturalised in the United States.
Born 23 September 1899, in Kiev; died 17 April 1988, in New York.
Painter, engraver, sculptor of assemblages, draughtswoman.
Louise Nevelson’s family left Russia in 1905 and moved to the United States where they settled in Rockland, Maine. She married an American, Charles Nevelson, in 1920 and moved to New York. She studied painting and drawing, but also song and dramatic art, and later dance. Between 1929 and 1930 she studied with the painter Kenneth Hayes Miller at the Art Students’ League in New York. In 1931 she went to Germany and enrolled at the academy founded by Hans Hofmann in Munich. She moved back to New York for good, where she became an assistant to Diego de Rivera who was at that time painting a wall of the New Workers’ School on 14th Street. In 1937, under the Works Progress Administration scheme, she taught at the Educational Alliance School of Art in New York. From 1949 to 1950 she studied pottery and working in aluminium and bronze at the Sculpture Center, and then engraving with Stanley William Hayter at Studio 17, where she worked until 1955....