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Louise Bourgeois, I Have Been to Hell and Back Handkerchief, 2007

Louise Bourgeois
$7,000.00
Current Stock: 1

Description

Louise Bourgeois

I Have Been to Hell and Back Handkerchief, 2007

Embroidery on 100% Cotton Handkerchief. Stamp and plate signed and hand numbered. In original Tate Gallery envelope (shown)

Edition 499/1000

Signed in plate, Envelope bears the artist's printed signature, and work itself has the artist's silkscreened initials, and it is hand numbered 499/1000

Third Drawer Down in Collaboration with Louise Bourgeois for Tate Gallery Gift Shop

This long sold out limited edition embroidered handkerchief is based on a larger original, which Bourgeois created in 1996. The formal serif typeface and the horizontal lines that run across this work make it reminiscent of a students' composition. This work was published on the occasion of Bourgeois' 2007-08 exhibition at the Tate Modern, London - selling out shortly after.  This very rare, extremely desirable embroidered handkerchief was created in three variations, blue pink, and red. The present work - the blue version, is the very first edition.  What makes this work especially collectible is that the design was created and authorized during the artist's lifetime in collaboration with the Tate and Third Drawer Down. It bears Bourgeois' iconic and memorable phrase, "I Have Been to Hell and Back and Let Me Tell You It Was Wonderful."  This work is in unusually excellent, as new condition, with the original bright hues preserved and not washed or faded, unlike many that have come to market. It bears the original folds, as the Tate sold these works folded in very small envelopes. It is also accompanied by the original Tate envelope. It is unframed, and would look terrific when framed.  An extremely desirable collectors item; makes a superb and memorable gift. Envelope bears the artist's printed signature, and work itself has the artist's silkscreened initials, and it is numbered from the limited edition of only 1000. 

SIGNATURE

Envelope bears the artist's printed signature, and work itself has the artist's silkscreened initials, and it is numbered from the limited edition of only 1000. 

PROVENANCE

Tate Gallery Gift Shop, London (Tate Enterprises, Ltd.)

Measurements

Height:   12.20
Width:   12.20