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Louise Bourgeois (American/French, 1911–2010)
LOT ID: 65122

Drypoint, on Somerset satin paper
4 х 9 in. (10.16 x 22.86 cm.)
Signed, numbered 36/40 and dated in pencil in the margin
Print/Casting Year 1996
Edition 40
Foundry/Publisher Brooklyn Museum, pub
Lot description
This artwork is being auctioned in conjunction with the Brooklyn Artists Ball, celebrating women artists and the fifth anniversary of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art. All proceeds from the auction benefit the Museum's education, exhibition, and outreach programs .The artwork in this auction will be on view at the museum from April 13-18 and will be showcased at the Brooklyn Artists Ball Benefit on Wednesday, April 18th. For more information please call (718) 501-6423 or email .


Image: 4 x 9 in.; Sheet: 14 x 14 in.

Louise Bourgeois is the matriarch of Contemporary art. A revered painter and sculptor, best known for her Maman sculptures of spiders which now grace the entrance of the Tate in London. She studied both at the Ecole du Louvre and the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, and worked as an assistant to Fernand Leger. Her artwork is abstract, and she often speaks of them in symbolic terms focusing on the importance of the relationship an entity has to its surroundings. She finds inspiration in her childhood, recalling the affair her father had with her governess and her mother’s refusal to acknowledge it. Her artwork conveys feelings of anger, betrayal, and jealous in a playful manner. She has worked with many different mediums including rubber, wood, stone, metal, and fabric (her parents were tapestry makers). Some of her pieces consist of erotic and sexual images-the most famous being her motif of what she named “cumuls,” round figures that reminded her of cumulus clouds. She is one of the seminal female artists of the 20th Century, inspiring a generation of new artists, such as Rachel Whiteread, and others. Bourgeois, who is 96, recently had a large retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum in the Fall of 2008.
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