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  • Provenance

    Carolina Nitsch, New York
    Private European Collection

  • Literature

    Museum of Modern Art Cat. No. 1119

  • Catalogue Essay

    I want them to like
    me and tell me
    that I am ok
    I want to be noticed
    I want to be given
    I want to be loved

    Hang On!! #10

    Contemplate a finished and concentric
    world like a rose

    Hang On!! #17

  • 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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Soft-ground etching with extensive hand-coloring in watercolor, gouache and colored pencil, with additions in graphite, on handmade paper, the full sheet flush-mounted to heavy buff card (as issued).
S. 27 3/4 x 19 7/8 in. (70.5 x 50.6 cm)
overall 39 3/4 x 29 1/4 in. (101 x 74.3 cm)

Signed and titled in pencil on the heavy buff card support, annotated 'Study 11/12' and 'BOUR - 8168' in pencil on the reverse (there were 12 unique variants and the edition of 9 for plate 10 in the illustrated book Hang On !!), published by Osiris, New York, framed.

$50,000 - 70,000 

Sold for $87,500

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Evening & Day Editions

New York Auction 23 April 2019