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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

Etching and aquatint in colors, on wove paper, with full margins, plus book with printed book plate,
8 1/2 x 5 7/8 in. (21.6 x 14.9 cm)
the print signed and numbered 32/40 in pencil (there were also 15 artist's proofs), the book plate signed with initials and numbered 94/300 in pencil, published by Salon Verlag, Cologne, in very good condition, loose, contained in original brown portfolio box with Latin and image embossed on the front in gold (minor wear).

$3,000 - 4,000 

Sold for $5,000

Modern and Contemporary Editions

15 Nov 2009
New York