Louise Nevelson (American, 1899-1988)
43 x 46 in. (109.2 x 116.8 cm) 
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Norton Simon Museum, Anonymous Gift 
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Though best known for her painted wood assemblages, Louise Nevelson was also an experienced printmaker who worked in a variety of media, including intaglio, lithography, lead relief and even cast paper pulp. The accomplished artist executed over one hundred prints and multiples over the course of her long career, using the layering techniques afforded by printmaking to explore the textural variations that permeated all of her work. Her first introduction to printmaking was at Atelier 17 in the 1940s, and she made her first lithographs as an artist-fellow at Tamarind in 1963. When Nevelson returned to Tamarind for a second fellowship in 1967, she made 16 monumental collaged prints consisting of several irregularly shaped papers hinged together. As with her intaglio work, Nevelson tried using various fabrics—in this case, dipping cheesecloth in black ink to achieve the grid of the central image. She also experimented with technique: the trapezoidal pieces hinged to the central rectangle are not technically lithographs—instead, a piece of paper was laid against a wet lithograph and run through the press, leaving a light impression.

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