Louise Bourgeois - Modern and Contemporary Editions New York Saturday, November 22, 2008 | Phillips

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  • 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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Receuil des Secrets Set

Etching and aquatint in pink and red, on wove paper, with full margins, plus reproductive book plate and book,
8 3/8 x 5 7/8 in. (21.3 x 14.9 cm)
the etching signed and numbered 36/40 in pencil (the book plate signed with initials and also numbered), the book from the edition of 300 (of which 40 are the deluxe edition with etching), published by Salon Verlag, Cologne, the print loose and the book bound (as issued), aside from minor wear on the upper right corner of the book cover, all in very good condition, contained in original brown paper covered case with text embossed on the front.

$3,500 - 4,500 

Sold for $4,375

Modern and Contemporary Editions

23 Nov 2008, 2pm
New York