He Disappeared into Complete Silence: Untitled (Ceiling Floating), alternative plate

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    Museum of Modern Art Cat. No. 998.1/V (illustrated)

  • Artist Bio

    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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He Disappeared into Complete Silence: Untitled (Ceiling Floating), alternative plate

1946-47
Unique engraving and drypoint, on smooth wove paper, with full margins.
I. 7 x 5 in. (17.8 x 12.7 cm)
S. 10 x 6 5/8 in. (25.4 x 16.8 cm)

Inscribed 'Plate' in pencil by the artist, state V (of VI), one of six unpublished proofs printed by the artist at Atelier 17, New York, an alternative and additional plate not included in the 1947 version of the illustrated book, framed.

Estimate
$10,000 - 15,000 

sold for $15,000

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New York Auction 25 October 2019