Women in the the Visual Arts and Literature

An Unconventional Sculptor: Louise Nevelson

33-cent Nevelson stamp
The stamp featuring Louise Nevelson's painting "Dawn's Wedding Chapel I" was issued on April 6, 2000.

Traditionally, sculpture is considered a male art form. However, remarkable female sculptors have changed this viewpoint by contributing greatly to the field. One woman that has changed the role of women sculptors is Louise Nevelson.

Louise Nevelson (1899-1988) is one of the most influential sculptor’s of the twentieth century. Born in Russia, Nevelson moved to the United States in 1905, and began her artistic career around 1920. Nevelson is particularly known for her large wall sized sculptures made of wood, metal, and other materials.

In 2000, the Postal Service released a Louise Nevelson Issue. The below picture displays the stamps included in the Louise Nevelson Series. The series was designed by Ethel Kessler and shows photographs highlighting details of Nevelson’s larger and more complex sculptures including: Silent Music I, Royal Tide I, Black Chord, Night Sphere Light, and Dawns Wedding Chapel I.

33-cent Louise Nevelson pane of twenty
The 33-cent stamps issued on April 6, 2000, in New York City.