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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 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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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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New York Auction 20 - 22 April 2021