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  • Provenance

    Kukje Gallery, Seoul
    Acquired from the above by the present owner in July 2007

  • Exhibited

    Halmstad, Mjellby Konstmuseum, Halmstadgruppen, Fernand Léger, May 29 - August 28, 2005 (another example exhibited)
    San Francisco, Gallery Paule Anglim, Louise Bourgeois: Prints and Drawings, September 1 - October 8, 2005 (another example exhibited)
    Vienna, Kunsthalle Wien, Le Surréalisme, c'est moi! Hommage to Salvador Dalí: Louise Bourgeois, Glenn Brown, Markus Schinwald, Francesco Vezzoli, June 22 - October 23, 2011, p. 84 (another example exhibited and illustrated)

  • Literature

    Brigitte Conrad, "La Rivière Gentille / The Sweet River", Les Films du Siamois/Centre Pompidou with Harvestworks and Easton Foundation, 2007, 1:15:53, video (another example illustrated)

  • 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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(i) stamped with the artist's initials, inscription, number, date and Modern Art Foundry mark "LB 1/8 MAF 01 ELEMENT 1 OF 3" on the underside
(ii) stamped with the inscription, date and Modern Art Foundry mark "ELEMENT 2 OF 3 MAF 01" on the underside
(iii) stamped with the inscription, date and Modern Art Foundry mark "ELEMENT 3 OF 3 MAF 01" on the underside

bronze with silver nitrate patina, in 3 parts
(i) 12 1/4 x 8 x 6 in. (31.1 x 20.3 x 15.2 cm.)
(ii) 10 1/2 x 8 x 6 7/8 in. (26.7 x 20.3 x 17.5 cm.)
(iii) 6 7/8 x 5 7/8 x 5 1/8 in. (17.5 x 14.9 x 13 cm.)

Executed in 2001, this work is number 1 from an edition of 8 plus 2 artist's proofs.

$70,000 - 100,000 

Sold for $156,250

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session

New York Auction 16 May 2018