Louise Bourgeois - Contemporary Art Part II New York Monday, November 8, 2010 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private Collection

  • Literature

    M. Wachtmeiser, Louise Bourgeois: Maman, Bokforlaget Atlantis and Wanas Foundation, Stockholm 2007, p. 29 (another example illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    I would like to say only this: if name is destiny, Louise Bourgeois is an oxymoron. –Roni Horn
    Tell your own story, and you will be interesting. Don’t get the green disease of envy. Don’t be fooled by success and money. Don’t let anything come between you and your work. –Louise Bourgeois
    Paris-born artist Louise Bourgeois is known for her highly personal sculptures, which reflect on themes such as anxiety and solitude. Her body of work is largely autobiographical, with a particular focus on her childhood and the discovery of her father’s infidelity. The present lot is a small-scale marble replica of the artist’s country home in Easton, Connecticut, where she and her family took refuge during World War II. This house, purchased in 1941, served as a recurring theme in Bourgeois’ work over the course of her career.
    Bourgeois depicted the country house in multiple mediums, but arguably the most beautiful of these representations are the sculptures in marble, each of which is unique and completely handcrafted. Each representation varies only slightly; some have gently curved façades, as seen in the present lot, and varying numbers of windows and doors.
    The work’s gently sculpted edges and soft white coloration give it a serene, almost tender appearance. Bourgeois’ attachment to the house comes through in her sensitive rendering of its architecture, with its lack of perfect geometry and smooth curves. When examining the piece, it is possible to sense the artist’s emotional investment in the object of her work, creating a peaceful, intimate moment between viewer and sculpture.

  • 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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3 7/8 x 12 3/4 x 3 1/2 in. (9.8 x 32.4 x 8.9 cm).
Inscribed “LB” into marble, below carved window on bottom right side. This work is unique and is accompanied by a photo certificate signed by the artist.

$180,000 - 250,000 

Sold for $230,500

Contemporary Art Part II

9 November 2010
New York