Louise Bourgeois - Editions & Works on Paper New York Tuesday, April 20, 2021 | Phillips
  • Literature

    Museum of Modern Art Cat. No. 380b-403b

  • Catalogue Essay

    Including: The Garden in Antony, and The Biévre River

    Bourgeois created the 2002 fabric illustrated book, Ode à la Bièvre, as a remembrance for the Bièvre River in Antony, an area outside of Paris. The Bourgeois family moved to Antony after World War I, and the artist spent her childhood years there. They chose this location for its proximity to the river, which contained tannin, an important ingredient in the setting of tapestry dyes for the family’s tapestry restoration business. The Bièvre River cut across the backyard of the property, which was beautifully planted by Bourgeois’s mother and father. In the early 1950s, the Bièvre was filled in. The artist’s relationship to the river and its surrounding gardens is the story behind the fabric book. 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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Ode à la Bièvre (Ode to the Bièvre) (MoMA 380b-403b)

The complete set of two digital prints, on Verona paper, with accompanying to scale reproduction of the fabric book of the same title made in 2002 (bound as issued), all contained in the original brown paper-covered slipcase, also with an unbound set of the reproductions.
Slipcase 12 x 16 3/8 x 1 in. (30.5 x 41.6 x 2.5 cm)
Signed with initials and numbered 50/95 in pencil on the two prints, additionally signed in black ink and numbered in pencil on the justification page (from the Special Edition of 95 and 25 artist's proofs in Roman numerals, part of the trade edition of 1,800), published by Zucker Art Books, New York.

$5,000 - 7,000 

Sold for $10,710

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