Louise Nevelson Untitled Dated 1974 © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York and DACS, London 2023


Born 1899
Died 1988
Nationality American
Birth place Pereyaslav

Nevelson was born in Pereyasla, in the Kyiv Oblast area of central Ukraine, then part of the Russian Empire in 1899. The family moved to America five years later and settled in Maine. Her father worked in a lumber yard where the young Louise made her first sculptures. She moved to New York in 1920, where she lived for the rest of her life. Influenced partly by Surrealism, and partly by Mexican sculpture, Nevelson assembled sculptures from scraps of wood in the early 1940s. She became internationally famous for her painted, wooden, wall assemblages, made up of compartments containing abstract shapes and found pieces of wood.

Glossary terms

Glossary terms


Works of art constructed from pre-existing materials as opposed to work that is drawn, painted or carved. A broad term, invented by French artist Jean Dubuffet in the 1950s, it includes collage, sculptural objects and installation art.