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Niki de Saint Phalle

Niki de Saint Phalle

France • Born in: 1930

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An icon of female artists, Niki de Saint-Phalle marked the twentieth century with her work and personality. Catherine Marie-Agnes Fal de Saint Phalle, her real name, was born in 1930 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France, and died 72 years later in 2002 on the coast of California.

It was during a dark period of her life that Niki de Saint-Phalle discovered painting. After a career as a model, she suffered from depression at the age of 22. Art therapy was highly beneficial for the young woman and allowed her to dispel her disease. It was not surprising then that the "future" artist found herself quickly involved with raw art, introduced by Jean Dubuffet and outsider art. Self-taught, Niki de Saint-Phalle started painting in 1952, making the first step in becoming an "all fields" artist.

Her sculptures, architectures, and performances multiplied. Niki displayed a wide spectrum of creativity and alternated mediums. Around her, many personalities helped her cultivate her daily appetite for art. She claimed to be part of the New Realism movement and was surrounded by artists such as Gérad Deschamps, Christo, Yves Klien, and Miro. Most of them became friends and it was there that she found her husband. Niki de Saint Phalle married painter and sculptor Jean Tinguely, with whom she will do "The Stravinsky Fountain" commissioned by the state.

Niki de Saint Phalle is particularly known for her shooting performances in the 60s which made her famous worldwide. As well as for her monumental sculptures which did not fail to attract attention even ten years later: "Golem" or "Monster Park" in West Jerusalem, and since the artist always wanted more, she worked in the creation of a sculpture park in Tuscany called "The Tarot Garden" inaugurated in 1998 and inspired by the Gaudi Park.

Niki was a completely feminine artist and a feminist as well, she did a collection of curved and colored small women, she called her girls. They were ambassadors of modern women, free from patriarchy, who took power by dancing and heckling. Niki de Saint Phalle approaches the female body from a feminist perspective that has a performance because it is the priority from the artist's point of view.

For Niki de Saint Phalle art is her way of expression, a way to externalize her joy and gladness.

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Our recommendations Niki de Saint Phalle, Nana, Print

Niki de Saint Phalle

Nana, 1987 27.2 x 21.1 cm Print

$1,571

Our recommendations Niki de Saint Phalle, Le Chat Vase, Sculpture

Niki de Saint Phalle

Le Chat Vase, 1986 31 x 40 x 22 cm Sculpture

$40,838

Niki de Saint Phalle, La sortie d'école, Print

Niki de Saint Phalle

La sortie d'école, 1995 76 x 56 x 1 cm Print

$1,885

Our recommendations Niki de Saint Phalle, L'Arbre aux Serpents, Print

Niki de Saint Phalle

L'Arbre aux Serpents, 1970 75 x 50 cm Print

$2,408

Niki de Saint Phalle, Méchant Méchant - Le Monstre, Print

Niki de Saint Phalle

Méchant Méchant - Le Monstre, 1995 65 x 105 cm Print

$2,618

Niki de Saint Phalle, La jungle, Print

Niki de Saint Phalle

La jungle, 1995 65 x 105 cm Print

$4,189

Our recommendations Niki de Saint Phalle, L'Impératrice, Sculpture

Niki de Saint Phalle

L'Impératrice, 1987 31 x 47 x 27 cm Sculpture

$94,242

Niki de Saint Phalle, Nana Power: Monster I, Print

Niki de Saint Phalle

Nana Power: Monster I, 1970 76 x 56 x 0.1 cm Print

$3,141

Niki de Saint Phalle, Pouf serpent bleu, Sculpture

Niki de Saint Phalle

Pouf serpent bleu, 1991 177.8 x 88.9 x 81.3 cm Sculpture

$146,599

Niki de Saint Phalle, Totem, Print

Niki de Saint Phalle

Totem, 2001 62 x 47 cm Print

$2,408

Niki de Saint Phalle, Méchant Méchant - Le Monstre, Print

Niki de Saint Phalle

Méchant Méchant - Le Monstre, 1995 105 x 65 cm Print

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Niki de Saint Phalle, Borrego Desert, Print

Niki de Saint Phalle

Borrego Desert, 1985 25.3 x 28.5 cm Print

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Our recommendations Niki de Saint Phalle, Rêve d'une jeune fille, Print

Niki de Saint Phalle

Rêve d'une jeune fille, 1972 48 x 65 cm Print

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Our recommendations Niki de Saint Phalle, Juggler Vase, Sculpture

Niki de Saint Phalle

Juggler Vase, 2000 33.7 x 27.3 x 21.6 cm Sculpture

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Our recommendations Niki de Saint Phalle, Le Chien, Sculpture

Niki de Saint Phalle

Le Chien, 1992 47 x 70 x 20 cm Sculpture

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Niki de Saint Phalle, Nana, Print

Niki de Saint Phalle

Nana, 1971 65 x 50 x 1 cm Print

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Niki de Saint Phalle, Petit Chameau, Sculpture

Niki de Saint Phalle

Petit Chameau, 1986 27 x 40 x 13 cm Sculpture

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Niki de Saint Phalle, Nana assise sur un serpent, Sculpture

Niki de Saint Phalle

Nana assise sur un serpent, 1984 16 x 13 x 11 cm Sculpture

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Niki de Saint Phalle, Jungle II, Print

Niki de Saint Phalle

Jungle II, 1993 65 x 105 cm Print

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Niki de Saint Phalle, Lettre d'amour à mon amour, Print

Niki de Saint Phalle

Lettre d'amour à mon amour, 1968 60 x 40 x 0.2 cm Print

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Niki de Saint Phalle, L’ange vase, Sculpture

Niki de Saint Phalle

L’ange vase, 1993 100 x 52 x 37 cm Sculpture

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Niki de Saint Phalle, Dear Diana I had a marvelous time, Print

Niki de Saint Phalle

Dear Diana I had a marvelous time, 1969 56 x 75 cm Print

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An icon of female artists, Niki de Saint-Phalle marked the twentieth century with her work and personality. Catherine Marie-Agnes Fal de Saint Phalle, her real name, was born in 1930 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France, and died 72 years later in 2002 on the coast of California.

It was during a dark period of her life that Niki de Saint-Phalle discovered painting. After a career as a model, she suffered from depression at the age of 22. Art therapy was highly beneficial for the young woman and allowed her to dispel her disease. It was not surprising then that the "future" artist found herself quickly involved with raw art, introduced by Jean Dubuffet and outsider art. Self-taught, Niki de Saint-Phalle started painting in 1952, making the first step in becoming an "all fields" artist.

Her sculptures, architectures, and performances multiplied. Niki displayed a wide spectrum of creativity and alternated mediums. Around her, many personalities helped her cultivate her daily appetite for art. She claimed to be part of the New Realism movement and was surrounded by artists such as Gérad Deschamps, Christo, Yves Klien, and Miro. Most of them became friends and it was there that she found her husband. Niki de Saint Phalle married painter and sculptor Jean Tinguely, with whom she will do "The Stravinsky Fountain" commissioned by the state.

Niki de Saint Phalle is particularly known for her shooting performances in the 60s which made her famous worldwide. As well as for her monumental sculptures which did not fail to attract attention even ten years later: "Golem" or "Monster Park" in West Jerusalem, and since the artist always wanted more, she worked in the creation of a sculpture park in Tuscany called "The Tarot Garden" inaugurated in 1998 and inspired by the Gaudi Park.

Niki was a completely feminine artist and a feminist as well, she did a collection of curved and colored small women, she called her girls. They were ambassadors of modern women, free from patriarchy, who took power by dancing and heckling. Niki de Saint Phalle approaches the female body from a feminist perspective that has a performance because it is the priority from the artist's point of view.

For Niki de Saint Phalle art is her way of expression, a way to externalize her joy and gladness.

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What is Niki de Saint Phalle’s artistic movement?

The artistic movements of the artists are: New Realism, Performing Artists

When was Niki de Saint Phalle born?

The year of birth of the artist is: 1930