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Niki de Saint Phalle My Love We Wont, 1968
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From the Brooklyn Museum, which has an edition of this work in its permanent collection:
"Throughout her long and prolific career Niki de Saint Phalle, a former cover model for Life magazine and French Vogue, investigated feminine archetypes and women’s societal roles. Her Nanas, bold, sexy sculptures of the proverbial everywoman, are playful and empowering, while the whimsical lithograph My Love We Won’t offers humorous takes on girlhood obsessions."
The text that accompanies the charming images in the work reads:
"Free of love"
"We won't hold hands anymore"
"We won't kiss each other anymore"
"We won't swim in the Atlantic"
"No more flowers from you"
"No more bloody Mary's with olives"
"We won't take baths anymore"
"New Gun: And I will return to my husband and our dog Caesar and dry their tears"
"Your family portrait: please my love dry their tears and forget me"
"No more TV dinners"
"We won't take that trip we planned" (to Africa, Cape of Good Hope)
"We won't listen to Monteverde anymore"
"We won't have the children we dreamed of"
"We won't live in a house together"
"We won't write anymore love letters"
"When I am 85 and you are 92 will you still send me a present occasionally to show me you still remember me?"
"Last night I had a dream. I dreamt I was a flower and you were a snake and I belonged to you and you belonged to me"
This work is elegantly floated and framed in a hand made museum frame with UV plexiglass. Frame is included.
22.5 inches vertical by 27 inches horizontal by 2 inches
19 inches vertical by 23.75 inches horizontal