Sep 24, 2013

Ancient Garden (Night Garden)

Ancient Garden (Night Garden)


Louise Nevelson

(American, 1900–1988)

Etching, hand-colored with crayon

Platemark: 37.1 x 45.1 cm (14 5/8 x 17 3/4 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1996.275

Catalogue raisonné: Johnson 18



During the late 1940s, Nevelson made trips to Mexico, as well as to Central and South America, where she was enthralled by elaborately carved pre-Columbian temples amid overgrown jungle landscapes. These inspired a series of prints with murky textures and mysterious forms that she later executed at Atelier 17 in New York. This impression of Ancient Garden is extremely rare in the artist’s use of hand coloring, including purple, green, yellow, and brown crayon.

See also
PR - Etching
Type of artwork: 

Contact us

The information about this object, including provenance, may not be currently accurate. If you notice a mistake or have additional information about this object, please email

To request more information about this object, study images, or bibliography, contact the Ingalls Library Reference Desk.

All images and data available through Open Access can be downloaded for free. For images not available through Open Access, a detail image, or any image with a color bar, request a digital file from Image Services.