Louise Bourgeois - Editions & Works on Paper New York Tuesday, April 16, 2024 | Phillips
  • “These shapes have managed a little bit of reaching power. Instead of destroying themselves by strangling, or by wanting too much, they have reached over. It is very sweet. It is wishful thinking... it is a morning wish.” 
    —Louise Bourgeois 

    • Literature

      Museum of Modern Art Cat. No. 597

    • 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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Reaching (MoMA 597)

Lithograph, on Umbria paper, with full margins.
I. 11 7/8 x 9 7/8 in. (30.2 x 25.1 cm)
S. 20 x 13 7/8 in. (50.8 x 35.2 cm)

Signed with initials in pencil, one of eight known impressions, printed by Solo Impression, Inc., New York, unpublished, framed.

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