Louise Bourgeois - Editions & Works on Paper New York Thursday, October 22, 2020 | Phillips

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  • Literature

    Museum of Modern Art Cat. 596/III

  • Catalogue Essay

    Stanley William Hayter founded the print workshop Atelier 17, which he relocated from Paris to New York during WWII. Bourgeois worked there intermittently until 1949, enjoying the company of an array of international artists. Bourgeois found Hayter intimidating as he demonstrated engraving, but remembered feeling useful in the shop because she could facilitate communication with the artists who spoke only French.

  • 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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Reply to Stanley Hayter

Lithograph in colors, on Rives BFK paper, the full sheet.
S. 27 x 30 in. (68.6 x 76.2 cm)
Signed with initials and annotated 'AP' in pencil (one of 20 artist's proofs, the edition was 70), published by the artist, framed.

$3,000 - 5,000 

Sold for $6,300

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Editions & Works on Paper

New York Auction 21 - 22 October 2020