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    Louise Bourgeois, 'Spiral', Lot 136

    20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, 14 February

  • 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)

  • Artist Biography

    Louise Bourgeois

    French-American • 1911 - 2010

    Known for her idiosyncratic style, Louise Bourgeois was a pioneering and iconic figure of 20th and early 21st century art. A prolific sculptor, printmaker, draftsman, and painter, Bourgeois has been linked to Surrealism and Feminist art, though she developed a singular voice that betrays firm categorization to a specific art historical movement. Her artworks have been widely understood as visceral meditations of subjective states, such as loneliness, jealousy, pride, anger, fear, love, and longing. Employing diverse materials including metal, fabric, wood, plaster, paper, and paint in both intimate and monumental scales, 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. Bourgeois’ works reside in major institutional collections around the world, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, and Tate, London.

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A Vision in Red: Property from a Private Swiss Collection

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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

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

London Auction 14 February 2020