Louise Nevelson

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Louise Berliawsky Nevelson (born Leah Berliawsky; August 23, 1900 – April 17, 1988) was an American artist.


Louise Nevelson was born Leah Berliawsky in a Jewish family in Pereiaslav (now Pereiaslav-Khmelnytskyi, Kiev Oblast) in the Ukraine, Russia, the daughter of Isaac and Minna Berliawsky. In 1905, when Nevelson was 5 years old, the family moved to the United States and settled in Rockland, Maine.

Nevelson grew up in Rockland, spending most of her adolescent years there, and there is now a street named for her in Rockland. After graduating from high school in 1918, she married Charles Nevelson, a businessman. Together they had a son, Myron. Louise and Charles separated in 1931.

She studied at the Art Students League in New York City during 1929–30. She later studied with Hans Hofmann in Munich, worked as an assistant to Diego Rivera, and studied life drawing and painting with George Grosz at the Art Students League. As a part of the Works Progress Administration, she taught art at the Educational Alliance art school on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, New York City, where she also studied...
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