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Lot 9 Dα

Louise Bourgeois - Untitled

Auction 1177 - overview Cologne
17.06.2021, 18:00 - Modern/Contemporary Art - Evening Sale
Estimate: 40.000 € - 50.000 €
Result: 50.000 € (incl. premium)

Louise Bourgeois


Ink on paper.. Approx. 18.4 x 12.2 cm. Framed under glass. Monogrammed 'LB'. - Traces of studio and minor traces of age.

Louise Bourgeois' drawings are delicate and full of poetic allure, but at the same time powerful and confident. An intense, unsparing self-questioning and the processing of unsettling childhood experiences are the foundations of her artistic creativity and run as a common thread through her drawings and sculptural work.
They also define her subjective perception of everyday objects and occurrences: “In the past, I walked through a nocturnal garden and looked at the plants, one nestled against the other. On clear nights, the shadows cast by the plants onto the ground always attracted me and frightened me. […] The following morning, the same place seemed harmless, divest of any secret. This wasn't because of the nature itself but rather the experience of a particular place at a particular time.” (Louise Bourgeois, quoted after: Louise Bourgeois, Der Ort des Gedächtnisses, Skulpturen, Environments und Zeichnungen 1946-1995, exhib.cat. Deichtorhallen Hamburg 1996, p.82f).
Slim, towering forms reminiscent of vegetal motifs ran through Bourgeois' drawings from the end of the 1940s, beginning of the 1950s, and define the sculptural work of this time.


We would like to thank Louise Bourgeois Studio, New York, for helpful information.


Robert Miller Gallery, New York; Galerie Lelong, Zurich (label of each verso); private collection, North Rhine-Westphalia


Jerry Gorovoy et.al. (ed.), Louise Bourgeois, Drawings, New York 1988, cat.no.45, n.p. with illus.


Zurich 1989 (Galerie Lelong), Louise Bourgeois, 100 Zeichnungen, exhib.cat.no.24

Amsterdam 1988 (Museum Overholland), Louise Bourgeois, Works on Paper 1939-1988
New York 1988 (Robert Miller Gallery), Louise Bourgeois, Drawings 1939-1987