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Maker(s):Nevelson, Louise
Culture:American, born in Ukraine, Russian Empire (1899-1988)
Title:Girl (The Silent One)
Date Made:1953-1955
Materials:etching, soft-ground aquatint on NAPAJ paper; edition 1/30
Measurements:image: 21 3/4 x 14 in.; 55.3 x 35.6 cm; sheet: 22 1/2 x 17 1/2 in.; 57.1 x 44.5 cm
Accession Number:  AC 2001.667
Credit Line:Purchase with Wise Fund for Fine Arts
Museum Collection:  Mead Art Museum at Amherst College

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Regarded as one of the leading American sculptors of the twentieth century, Louise Nevelson decided she would be an artist when she was nine years old. Her signature became the monochromatic wall sculptures and assemblages, constructed of numerous wooden boxes that were filled with broken furniture, tools, bric-a-brac, and other found debris. Extracted from their functional environment, these objects were endowed with new life as sculptural abstractions.

Nevelson also worked in two dimensions and explored the potential of printmaking when she began working at Atelier 17 with William Stanley Hayter in 1947. In the early 1950s she produced a series of thirty etchings, including Girl (The Silent One). As with Nevelson's sculpture, intuition serves as the propelling force for her work in two dimensions. This figurative print relies on flat, organic forms, a black palette, and a delicate fusion of line and texture.

etchings; prints; girls; abstract

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