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    "The theme of the Eyes has preoccupied me for many decades. I have always said that with words you can say whatever you want, but the Eyes never lie. The Eyes are a metaphor for the truth, which is what I am after. Whether it is an Eye that sees the reality of things or whether it is an eye that sees a world of fantasy…It is the quality of your Eyes and the strength of your Eyes that are expressed in this [work]…I live in a visual world where my Eyes are everything." —Louise Bourgeois

    • Provenance

      The Artist
      Robert Miller Gallery, New York
      Acquired from the above by the present owner in February 1995

    • Exhibited

      Cincinnati, Taft Museum; Miami, Florida International University Museum of Art; Austin, Laguna Gloria Museum of Art; St. Louis, Washington University Gallery of Art; Syracuse, Everson Museum of Art, Recent Sculpture by Louise Bourgeois, May 5, 1987–November 26, 1989, n.p. (illustrated)
      Barcelona, Fundacio Caixa de Pensions, Pulsio, May 23–July 14, 1991, p. 16 (illustrated)
      Monterrey, Galeria Ramis Barquet, Louise Bourgeois, October–November 1993, n.p. (illustrated)
      Paris, Musée national d'art moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Féminin/Masculin, October 17, 1995–January 16, 1996, no. 225, pp. 167, 375 (illustrated, p. 167)

    • Literature

      Donald Kuspit and Linda Weintraub, Process and Product: The Making of Eight Contemporary Masterworks, exh. cat., Edith C. Blum Art Institute, Bard College Center, Annandale-on-Hudson, 1987, p. 59 (illustrated)
      Louise Bourgeois,, exh. cat., Frankfurter Kunstverein, 1990, no. 27, p. 37 (illustrated)
      Thomas McEvilley, Sculpture in the Age of Doubt, New York, 1999, pp. 243, 245 (illustrated, p. 245)

    • 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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Property from a Prominent Private Collection

116

Eye

incised with the artist's initials and date "LB. 81." on the underside of the sculpture
marble
sculpture 3 3/8 x 5 1/2 x 4 1/2 in. (8.6 x 14 x 11.4 cm)
base 5 1/8 x 9 3/4 x 6 1/8 in. (13 x 24.8 x 15.6 cm)
overall 8 1/2 x 9 3/4 x 6 1/8 in. (21.6 x 24.8 x 15.6 cm)

Executed in 1981, this work is unique.

Full Cataloguing

Estimate
$200,000 - 300,000 

Sold for $529,200

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale - Morning Session

New York Auction 18 November 2021