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  • Literature

    Museum of Modern Art Cat. No. 490a-494a

  • Catalogue Essay

    Metamorfosis is a collaboration initiated by Maria Fluxà, a Spanish gallery owner and collector. Fluxà first encountered Bourgeois’s work at the 1982 MoMA retrospective and felt a particular emotional connection to the “Femme Maison.” She then began enthusiastically collecting Bourgeois’s work, which she displayed in her gallery, Lluc Fluxà, in Palma de Mallorca (Spain). Taking inspiration from Bourgeois's themes of memory, identity, and trauma, Fluxà also staged a performance at her gallery titled “Götterdämmerung” that dealt with her own upbringing.

    In 1993, Fluxà met Bourgeois at the MoMA opening of a Joan Miró exhibition, introducing herself as an admirer and collector. She later visited the artist, which led to discussions about a possible collaboration between the two. 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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Metamorfosis (MoMA 490a-494a)

The complete illustrated book including five drypoints with etching and aquatint, one with Chine collé, on Rives BFK paper, with full margins, the sheets loose (as issued), all contained in the original red satin-covered portfolio with yellow embroidery.
13 1/2 x 14 1/2 x 2 1/4 in. (34.3 x 36.8 x 5.7 cm)
Signed by the artist and author and numbered '58' in pencil on the colophon, additionally each print signed with initials in pencil (the edition was 85, there were also 20 artist's proofs in Roman numerals and 10 hors commerce), published by Galerie Lelong, Paris.

$9,000 - 12,000 

Sold for $40,320

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