NIKI DE SAINT PHALLE Fox

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NIKI DE SAINT PHALLE
Fox
painted plaster
height: 12⅝ in. 32 cm.
Executed in 1995.

PROVENANCE
Private Collection, Israel
Sotheby’s, Tel Aviv, April 8, 1999, lot 118 (consigned by the above)
Private Collection (acquired from the above sale)
Private Collection

CATALOGUE NOTE
Anthropomorphized and bejeweled with brightly colored symbols, Fox exemplifies Niki de Saint Phalle’s unique creative vision rooted in lived experience. Drawing on the powerful emotion brought on by her difficult childhood, de Saint Phalle transformed everyday human and animal figures, such as the fox in the present work, into radiant, jubilant beings. “Suddenly the pain was gone, I was there and I was making figures of joy,” the artist explained. “They were very joyful creatures, without pain, they danced in a universe of music, sounds and joy” (Niki de Saint Phalle in “Niki de Saint Phalle Wer ist das monster, der oder icht?” Film by Peter Schanoni, Munich, 1994). By reframing her own personal history, de Saint Phalle positioned her artistic practice as a socio-political tool to critique the world around her, crafting a legacy that would shape subsequent generations of avant-garde artists.

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