Niki de Saint PhalleThe couple
sculpture painted
Signed and numbered 84/150
12.2 x 7.48 x 6.69 in ( 31 x 19 x 17 cm )
Inquiry - The couple, 2000


Private Collection, Belgium

Artwork's description

Niki de Saint Phalle est l'une des grandes figures des Nouveaux Réalistes. Toutes ses réalisations sont audacieuses et abordent un caractère politique et féministe. Ce sont des causes qui lui tiennent particulièrement à coeur. L'artiste considère que ces "femmes ", ces "nanas" sont révolutionnaires et qu' elles portent en elles le désir d'aller vers des émotions, des choses réprimées par la société. Niki était mariée à Jean Tinguely, célèbre scultpeur. Cette oeuvre fait sans doute réference aux deux artistes qui dansent main dans la main. 

Artist's biography

Niki de Saint Phalle was a Franco-American artist, painter, sculptor and director, born in 1930 in Neuilly-sur-Seine.

His childhood was very traumatic between the Stock market crash and his father's abuse, which Saint-Phalle finds in art over the years through a kind of therapy. After her hospitalization in a psychiatric center, from the beginning of the 50s, she went to Spain, where she discovered the work of the architect Gaudi in Barcelona. In 1956, she returned to Paris and joined the group of New Realists and meets Jean Tinguely who became her husband and his assistant. They had a very nice complicity and worked together on many projects, including the Tarot Garden, inaugurated in 1998. Niki de Saint-Phalle, in addition to its fight against a society of overconsumption, also commited to the freedom of the woman and fight against masochism, racism in the United States, etc. She was a self-taught artist inspired by her experiences of private life and political struggles.

"I had the chance to meet art because I psychologically had everything I needed to become a terrorist, instead I used the rifle for the good cause, that of art."  Niki de Saint-Phalle

She will die on May 21st in the United States after a respiratory illness.

Niki de Saint Phalle - The couple, 2000