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  • “I consider this perfect... it brings the personal together with the environment... it is a symbiosis of one with the universe... it is a kind of acceptance… There is a sexual loneliness. She is dignified, but she is alone... she has no companion. The little hand is trying to call for help. She is not sexual at all. Her head does not know that she is naked. She has no hair or bosom... they are occupied by work.” 
    —Louise Bourgeois

    Book cover of From the Center: Feminist Essays on Women's Art by Lucy Lippard. Artwork: © The Easton Foundation/Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY


    • Literature

      Museum of Modern Art Cat. No. 548.2

    • 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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Femme Maison (see MoMA 548.2)

Photogravure, on Arches paper, with full margins.
I. 10 1/8 x 4 3/8 in. (25.7 x 11.1 cm)
S. 13 3/4 x 11 in. (34.9 x 27.9 cm)

Signed, dated '47' and annotated 'PROOF II' in pencil (a rare 1984 proof, an edition of 50 was later published in 1990 by Lelong Éditeur, Paris), framed.

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$4,000 - 6,000 

Sold for $22,860

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Editions & Works on Paper

New York Auction 18 - 20 April 2023