Louise Nevelson spent decades struggling for recognition. "For forty years I wanted to jump out of windows." "I didn't have the price ( 5 cents on the subway ) to go uptown." "I belived in myself." I wasn't going to let a soul on earth judge my life. "I was so desperate that I decided that I had to have a show or I was going to cut my throat." At this point a wealthy Cousin arrived in New York for a visit. Took her out to elegant dinner etc. "I suddenly realized that while I was having trouble sustaining myself, he spent a thousand dollars in two days." The time had come to make some serious changes in her life. "I said to myself, what's the best gallery in New York? She stalked into this gallery and demanded he exhibit her work. He repied he didn't know her work. Well you can come and see it. He showed the next day, gave her a show in 3 weeks. No sales were made.
She created some works in a workshop that were valued at $150,000. "When I heard that I was cured." "It wasn't that I had the money, or was going to have it, it was just that it made everything bothering me seem ludicrous." Between 1946 and 1955 she had no One-Woman shows. Determined to be noticed, she showed in every group show she could. "I showed anywhere I was asked." "I showed, I didn't care where... My feeling is show wherever you can. I don't care whether it's prestigious or not. I'll flood the market with the work, so they'll know I'm here."
Nevelson believes you create your own life.
" The purest and most thoughtful minds are those which love color the most." John Ruskin [ 1819-1900 ].
"Color is my day-long obsession, joy and torment." Claude Monet
[ 1840-1926 ]. French Impressionist Painter.
"Color has taken a hold of me; no longer do I have to chase after it. I know that it has hold of me forever. That is the significance of this blessed moment. Color and I are one. I am a painter." Paul Klee [ 1879-1940 ].
"Color is the keyboard, the eyes are the harmonies, the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand that plays, touching one key or another, to cause vibrations in the soul." Wassily Kandinsky [ 1866-1944 ]
Modern Russian painter, one of the first creators of Pure Abstraction in modern painting and founder of Der Blaue Reiter.