Louise Bourgeois - Editions & Works on Paper New York Monday, April 23, 2018 | Phillips

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  • Literature

    Museum of Modern Art Cat. No. 518.2

  • Catalogue Essay

    According to the artist's assistant, Jerry Gorovoy, the imagery of chairs may have been influenced by Bourgeois's father and his chair collection. The embossed semicircle forms seen in Le Père et les 3 Fils may be in reference to the areas of raised, tufted fabric on the tapestry upholstered chairs in her father's collection. Louise Bourgeois, The Complete Prints & Multiples, Museum of Modern Art website

  • 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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Le Père et les 3 Fils (The Father and the 3 Sons), Version 2

Lithograph and embossing with hand-coloring in blue pastel, on smooth wove paper, with full margins.
I. 19 x 9 1/2 in. (48.3 x 24.1 cm)
S. 24 x 13 in. (61 x 33 cm)

Version II, state II (final), signed with initials and numbered 40/50 in pencil (there were also 10 artist's proofs), published by the artist to benefit Anthology Film Archives, New York, unframed.

$2,500 - 3,500 

Sold for $6,250

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