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 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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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