Niki de Saint Phalle

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Niki de Saint Phalle (1930-2002)

Méchant – Méchant puzzle

Houten sculptuur puzzel, gedeeltelijk geschilderd

43,5 x 44,5cm

California, USA, 1995

Gesigneerd en genummerd 138/250

Niki de Saint Phalle

 

Niki de Saint Phalle (1930-2002), born Catherine-Marie-Agnès Fal de Saint Phalle, was a French sculptor, painter, and filmmaker.

Niki de Saint Phalle was born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, near Paris. Her father was a French banker, and her mother was an American.

The family moved to the United States in 1933. Saint Phalle enrolled at the Brearley School in New York City but was dismissed for painting red fig leaves on the school's statuary. She went on to attend Oldfields School in Glencoe, Maryland, where she graduated in 1947. During her teenage years, Saint Phalle was a fashion model.

At nineteen, she married the American author Harry Mathews. Later, they got separated. In the mid 1950’s she returned to Paris and began painting . She was a self-taught artist.

Saint Phalle created a series of works in the early 1960s called 'Tirs' (Shooting Paintings). After Tirs came a period where she explored the various roles of women. She made life-size dolls of women, called ‘Nanas’ such as brides and mothers giving birth, monsters and large heads. They were primarily made of plaster over a wire framework and plastic toys.

In 1966, Saint Phalle collaborated with fellow artist Jean Tinguely, they got married in 1971.

After he died, Saint Phalle moved to San Diego, California in 1994.

 

 

 

 

 

Saint Phalle created a series of works in the early 1960s called Tirs (Shooting Paintings). After Tirs came a period where she explored the various roles of women. She made life-size dolls of women, called ‘Nanas’ such as brides and mothers giving birth, monsters and large heads. They were primarily made of plaster over a wire framework and plastic toys.

In 1966, Saint Phalle collaborated with fellow artist Jean Tinguely, they got married in 1971.

After he died, Saint Phalle moved to San Diego, California in 1994.