Come and visit our new collection website, featuring over 90,000 new object records and 35,000 newly digitised artworks
La Jalousie II [Blind Jealousy II]
© ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2015

Reference URL

La Jalousie II [Blind Jealousy II] 1961

Not on display

The title of this sculpture is an untranslatable pun on the French word 'jalousie', which means both 'jealousy' and a 'blind or bead curtain'. The work is powered by an electric motor, which makes the bead curtain shake when a button is pressed. The bead curtain moves furiously but also sensuously, much like the grass skirt of an exotic dancer. However, the movement of the curtain can be interpreted differently: it also evokes the idea of a person trembling with jealousy.


  • Acc. No. GMA 2832
  • Medium Painted bead curtain, metal rod and electric motor
  • Size 217.50 x 91.50 x 35.50 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1984