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    Museum of Modern Art, New York, Cat. No. 1070

  • 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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Soft-ground etching with unique hand-colouring in watercolour, gouache and ink, with additions in graphite and coloured pencils, on Somerset paper, the full sheet flush-mounted to heavy Twinrocker paper (as issued).
S. 60.5 x 70 cm (23 7/8 x 27 1/2 in.)
overall 69.5 x 77.5 cm (27 3/8 x 30 1/2 in.)

Signed in pencil on the Twinrocker support and numbered 'Study 10/15' in pencil on the reverse (there were 15 unique variants), published by Osiris, New York, framed.

£10,000 - 15,000 

Sold for £77,500

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London Auction 25 January 2018