Spiral

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  • Provenance

    Louise Bourgeois Trust (acquired directly from the artist)
    Cheim & Read, New York
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Literature

    Olbrist, Hans Ulrich, Lives of the Artists, Lives of the Architects, London, 2015, p. 245 (illustrated)

  • Video

    Louise Bourgeois, 'Spiral', Lot 136

    20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, 14 February

  • Artist Bio

    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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136

A Vision in Red: Property from a Private Swiss Collection

Spiral

signed with the artist's initials 'LB' lower right
gouache on paper
45.7 x 59.7 cm (17 7/8 x 23 1/2 in.)
Executed in 2010.

Estimate
£60,000 - 80,000 ‡ ♠

sold for £75,000

Contact Specialist

Tamila Kerimova
Specialist, Head of Day Sale, Director, 20th Century & Contemporary Art

44 20 7318 4065
tkerimova@phillips.com

20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

London Auction 14 February 2020