Niki De Saint Phalle - L' Ange Vase - image-1

Lot 98 D

Niki De Saint Phalle - L' Ange Vase

Auction 1155 - overview Cologne
19.06.2020, 18:00 - Modern and Contemporary Art - Evening Sale
Estimate: 35.000 € - 40.000 €
Result: 45.000 € (incl. premium)

Niki De Saint Phalle

L' Ange Vase

Polyester resin, varnish and ceramics, painted. On metal plinth. Overall height 99 cm. Signature stamp "Niki de Saint Phalle" on metal plate. Numbered 12/50. This sculpture was created in three colour variants and published in an edition of 50 plus 10 artist's proofs. Edition Gérard Haligon, Mandres-les-Roses (embossed stamp). - Minor traces of age.

The work 'L' Ange Vase' is a characteristic example for the playful dancer-like lightness of Niki de Saint Phalle's Nana sculptures and also has the function of a vase. The first 'Nanas' by Niki de Saint Phalle are created from cloth rags, canvases and wire mesh frames in 1964, inspired by a drawing by the US American artist Larry Rivers, a depiction of his pregnant wife. Two years later, Niki de Saint Phalle changes her work material and uses polyester for the first time so that the voluminous, jolly and very feminine figures can also be placed outdoors. The Nanas evolve into a sort of cult figure that conquers the world in a short space of time and that is retrospectively characterised by the artist as follows: 'I called my first Nana exhibition 'Nana Power'. For me, they were a symbol for a happy, liberated woman. Today, after nearly twenty years, I look at it from a different perspective. I see them as forerunners of a new matriarchal era which I consider to be the only answer. They represent the independent, good, giving and happy mother. Thus, it is not surprising that they evoke such strong emotions of hatred and love within people. The observer is being confronted with his emotions towards his own mother.' (Bettina Scheeder, in: Brigitte Reinhardt (ed.) Niki de Saint Phalle. Liebe, Protest, Phantasie, Ulmer Museum, Ulm 1999, p.35).


Galerie Vogel, Heidelberg; private collection, Baden-Wuerttemberg


Ulm 1999 (Museum), Ludwigshafen 2000 (Wilhelm-Hack-Museum), Niki de Saint Phalle, Liebe, Protest, Phantasie., p.55 with colour illus. (different example)