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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 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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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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Editions & Works on Paper

New York Auction 24 April 2018