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    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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Mirror for Red Room; and Insomnia

Two lithographs in red, on wove paper, with full margins,
mirror I. 23 1/8 x 17 in. (58.7 x 43.2 cm)
mirror S. 25 x 19 1/2 in. (63.5 x 49.5 cm)
insomnia I. 16 1/2 x 15 3/8 in. (41.9 x 39.1 cm)
insomnia S. 19 1/2 x 25 in. (49.5 x 63.5 cm)

both signed and numbered `HC 4/5' and `HC 1/5' in pencil respectively (hors commerce, the editions were 25 and 5 artist's proofs), published by Fundaçao Bienal de São Paulo, São Paulo, both framed.

$5,000 - 7,000 

Sold for $9,375

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New York Auction 26 October 2015