Artist Jeanne-Claude, Wife of Christo, Dead at 74

She made her mark creating giant environmental artworks with husband

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 19, 2009 12:29 PM CST

(Newser) – Jeanne-Claude, the artist who with her husband, Christo, traveled the globe creating massive works of public art, died yesterday in New York at age 74 after a brain aneurysm. Christo and Jean-Claude first caught the public eye in the 1960s and '70s in Europe wrapping landmark buildings and bridges in colorful fabric, the New York Times reports. They recently installed thousands of saffron-colored gates in Central Park in New York.

Jeanne-Claude was born in Casablanca in 1935, and met Christo in Paris in 1958. They moved to New York in 1964. A family statement from Christo says he is “committed to honor the promise they made to each other many years ago: that the art of Christo and Jeanne-Claude would continue,” the AP reports. Jeanne-Claude’s joy in her work was always apparent. When asked once what her favorite project was, she replied “the next one.”

Artist Jeanne-Claude, who died today at 74.
Artist Jeanne-Claude, who died today at 74.   (AP Photo)
Artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude speak at a gallery displaying their Over The River project in Denver.
Artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude speak at a gallery displaying their "Over The River" project in Denver.   (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)
A drawing of the underside of a section of the Arkansas River in southern Colorado that would be draped with material in a project that Christo and Jeanne-Claude have been planning.
A drawing of the underside of a section of the Arkansas River in southern Colorado that would be draped with material in a project that Christo and Jeanne-Claude have been planning.   (AP Photo)
Pedestrians walk beneath Christo and Jeanne-Claude's The Gates, in New York's Central Park.
Pedestrians walk beneath Christo and Jeanne-Claude's "The Gates," in New York's Central Park.   (AP Photo)
Feb. 12, 2005: Artists Christo, left, and his wife and partner Jeanne-Claude, participate in opening The Gates project in New York's Central Park.
Feb. 12, 2005: Artists Christo, left, and his wife and partner Jeanne-Claude, participate in opening "The Gates" project in New York's Central Park.   (AP Photo)
Artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude take part in Publicolor's 8th Annual Stir, Splatter and Roll event honoring Christo & Jeanne-Claude in New York.
Artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude take part in Publicolor's 8th Annual Stir, Splatter and Roll event honoring Christo & Jeanne-Claude in New York.   (AP Photo/Marion Curtis, StartrPix, file)
Artists Christo, left, and his wife and partner Jeanne-Claude, pose in front of their work of art titled The Umbrellas.
Artists Christo, left, and his wife and partner Jeanne-Claude, pose in front of their work of art titled "The Umbrellas."   (AP Photo/Keystone, Monika Flueckiger, File)
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