niki in the garden part two

posted by the scholar on October 25th, 2007
filed under: art, artists, clay, sculpture

french artist niki de saint phalle was born in france in 1930. after becoming a fashion model, marrying harry mathews and having two children, niki had a nervous breakdown and spent time as an inpatient in a hospital in nice. it was at this time of crisis that she decided to become an artist. she was heavily influenced by the work of architect antonio gaudi, and spent copious amounts of time throughout her career collaborating with sculptor jean tinguely, the man who would become her second husband. she passed away in 2002, but her amazing artistic legacy lives on in the tarot garden in garaviccio, the niki museum in nasu and exhibitions like this one, currently at the garfield park conservatory through october 31st.

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2 Responses to “niki in the garden part two”

  1. sosser Says:

    nice shots! i love the juicy robustness of her figures, the movement she manages to convey in forms so large and majestic, (and made of cement). the sparkle, the brilliant color contrasts. all so lovely.

  2. the scholar Says:

    hi sosser,

    yes! they all were robust and sensual, but still graceful at the same time. wouldn’t it be great to go see her tarot garden in tuscany? some of those pieces there are big enough to live in!

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