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Untitled

A work made of black ballpoint pen and fiber-tipped pen on cream wove paper.

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  • A work made of black ballpoint pen and fiber-tipped pen on cream wove paper.

Date:

1949

Artist:

Louise Bourgeois
American, 1911-2010

About this artwork

Untitled (1949) is significant within Louise Bourgeois’s drawing oeuvre because it codifies an important aspect of her early visual language. She was working on totemic sculptures when she made it, which is articulated by the drawing’s central vertical form. The hairlike strands that drape the central form are bulbous on one side and pointed like a spider leg on the other. Untitled is characterized by an immediacy of mark making; Bourgeois gesturally defined the inside of forms with quick marks of her pen. By implying a ground plane and compressing the image’s negative shapes, she created a cramped, psychologically charged interior space.

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Prints and Drawings

Artist

Louise Bourgeois

Title

Untitled

Origin

United States

Date

1949

Medium

Black ballpoint pen and fiber-tipped pen on cream wove paper

Dimensions

292 × 177 mm

Credit Line

Mr. and Mrs. Robert O. Delaney Fund

Reference Number

2005.139

Extended information about this artwork

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