Louise Nevelson emigrated with her family from Russia at the beginning of the 20th century and settled in Rockland Maine. From a young age she determined she would be an artist. She moved to NYC, married into wealth, had a son, divorced and struggled financially for many years as she developed her work. These 'assemblages' often much larger than life size are constructed from bits and pieces of wood from chair legs, table tops...initially whatever she could find on the street. Painting them all one color (usually black, white or tan) allowed for shadows to complete the composition.