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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 twentieth and early twenty-first century art. Untied to an art historical movement, Bourgeois was a singular voice, both commanding and quiet.

    Bourgeois was a prolific printmaker, draftsman, sculptor and painter. She employed diverse materials including metal, fabric, wood, plaster, paper and paint in a range of scale — both monumental and intimate. 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. Her artworks are meditations of emotional states: loneliness, jealousy, pride, anger, fear, love and longing.

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Jeunesse (Youth)

1941-43
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.

Estimate
$25,000 - 35,000 

Sold for $81,250

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