Eva Hesse

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Date of Birth January 11, 1936
Place of Birth Hamburg, Germany
Date of Death May 29, 1970 (34)
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Eva Hesse

Eva Hesse was a German-born American sculptor known for her pioneering work in materials such as latex, fiberglass, and plastics. She is one of the artists who ushered in the postminimal art movement in the 1960s.

Born: January 11, 1936, Hamburg, Germany
Died: May 29, 1970, New York City, U.S.
Nationality: American
Education: Yale University, studied with Josef Albers at Yale, Cooper Union, Pratt Institute, Art Students League of New York
Known for: Sculpture
Movement: Postminimalism
Spouse(s): Tom Doyle (1962–66, divorced)
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About Eva Hesse

Minimalist artist known for her use of fiberglass, latex, and plastics in works such as Repetition Nineteen III. She was also known for Eighter from Decatur and Oomamaboomba.

Before Fame

She attended the School of Industrial Art in New York, the Pratt Institute in New York, and the Yale School of Art and Architecture where she was mentored by the famed Josef Albers.


She contributed to the Happening movement during the 1960s.

Family Life

She was raised by observant Jews in Hamburg, Germany. They were forced to flee the Nazi regime in 1938. She married sculptor Tom Doyle in 1961.


She was inspired by the work of Salvador Dali.

Information related to Eva Hesse

  • Jewish women sculptors
  • High School of Art and Design alumni
  • Art Students League of New York faculty
  • Yale School of Art alumni
  • Cooper Union alumni
  • Jewish emigrants from Nazi Germany to the United States
  • Modern artists
  • Feminist artists
  • American women sculptors
  • Art Students League of New York alumni
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