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  • Provenance

    The Artist
    Peter Blum, New York
    Barbara and Sorrell Mathes, New York
    Acquired from the above the present owner

  • Exhibited

    New York, Peter Blum, Louise Bourgeois: Works on Paper from the '40s and '50s, September 5 - November 11, 2006

  • Catalogue Essay

    Louise Bourgeois
    Born 1911, Paris
    Died 2010, New York

    1932-1935 Sorbonne, Paris
    1936-1938 École des Beaux-Arts, Paris
    1938-1939 Art Students League, New York

    Selected museum exhibitions:
    Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams (2017); Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid (2015); Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2003); State Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg (2001); Centre Pompidou (1995); Venice Biennale (1993); Serpentine Gallery, London (1985); Museum of Modern Art (1982); Berkeley Art Museum (1979)
    Selected honors: Austrian Grand Prize for Art (2007); Praemium Imperiale, Japan (1999); National Medal of Arts (1996); Lifetime Achievement Award, International Sculpture Center (1991); Officier de l'Ordre des arts et des lettres, France (1984); American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters (1983)
    Selected public collections: Dia Art Foundation; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Museum of Modern Art; National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; National Gallery of Canada, Ottowa; National Gallery of Australia; Centre Pompidou; Philadelphia Museum of Art; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Tate Modern; Whitney Museum of American Art

    Louise Bourgeois is among the most celebrated female artists of the twentieth century, and a vital influence on feminist artists of subsequent generations. Over the course of her long career, she explored a variety of themes including domesticity and the family, sexuality and the body, as well as death and the unconscious. With its undulating forms and variety of hatched textures, the present drawing suggests bodily shapes, the forms of a landscape, and emotional states. According to Bourgeois: “the abstract drawings come from a deep need to achieve peace, rest, and sleep.”

  • Artist Biography

    Louise Bourgeois

    French-American • 1911 - 2010

    Known for her idiosyncratic style, Louise Bourgeois was a pioneering and iconic figure of 20th and early 21st century art. A prolific sculptor, printmaker, draftsman, and painter, Bourgeois has been linked to Surrealism and Feminist art, though she developed a singular voice that betrays firm categorization to a specific art historical movement. Her artworks have been widely understood as visceral meditations of subjective states, such as loneliness, jealousy, pride, anger, fear, love, and longing. Employing diverse materials including metal, fabric, wood, plaster, paper, and paint in both intimate and monumental scales, she used recurring themes and subjects (animals, insects, architecture, the figure, text and abstraction) as form and metaphor to explore the fragility of relationships and the human body. Bourgeois’ works reside in major institutional collections around the world, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, and Tate, London.

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signed and dated "Louise Bourgeois 60" lower right
ink on cardboard
21 1/2 x 27 3/4 in. (54.6 x 70.5 cm.)
Executed circa 1950s.

The artist's studio has confirmed that although the work was signed 1960, the work was executed in the 1950s.

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NOMEN: American Women Artists from 1945 to Today

New York Selling Exhibition 19 June - 3 August 2019