Louise Bourgeois - Editions & Works on Paper: Online Auction New York Wednesday, September 6, 2023 | Phillips

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  • “This is a maggot... it is a larva that will turn into a mouche [fly]. In France, when I was a child, we were invaded by flies from March to November. Part of the work day was to fight the flies. Flies, tic[k]s, mosquitos, gnats... they represent constant trouble.


    This concerns the treatment of your demons... of your enemies. You turn your relationship with your enemy into a work of art. How are you going to do it? You have to enter into a dialogue with your enemies. You have to figure them out... you have to understand them to get rid of them... those nasty memories.” —Louise Bourgeois

    • Literature

      Museum of Modern Art Cat. No. 549.2

    • 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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Progression (MoMA 549.2)

Engraving, on Chine collé to Arches paper, with full margins.
I. 16 3/4 x 10 7/8 in. (42.5 x 27.6 cm)
S. 25 7/8 x 19 3/4 in. (65.7 x 50.2 cm)

Signed, dated and numbered 3/27 in pencil, published by Business Committee for the Arts, Inc., New York, unframed.

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$2,000 - 3,000 

Sold for $2,794

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Editions & Works on Paper: Online Auction

6 - 13 September 2023