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  • Provenance

    This work was given by the artist to the present owner in 1979

  • Literature

    see Deborah Wye and Carol Smith 18

  • Catalogue Essay

    When Louise Bourgeois began to get serious, renewed attention in 1978, she gave a small dinner party. The culture critic Dwight Macdonald presented her with his book, On Movies.She was delighted by his inscription -- a quote from the Russian anarchist Mikhail Bakunin: "I shall continue to be an impossible person so long as those who are now possible remain possible."

  • 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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Jeunesse (Youth)

Etching and aquatint with drypoint, on thin Japanese paper, with full margins,
I. 5 x 7 3/8 in (12.7 x 18.7 cm)
S. 8 x 10 3/8 in (20.3 x 26.4 cm)

signed, dated `1944' and annotated 'I am looking at you and you do not see me. To Paul Affectionatly (sic)' in pencil, one of two known variants of the ninth (final) state, apart from the edition of 7 (there were also a few impressions printed in 1990), generally in very good condition, framed.

$25,000 - 35,000 

Sold for $81,250

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