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A Flower in the Forest from the Geldzahler Portfolio

A Flower in the Forest from the Geldzahler Portfolio

Artist: Louise Bourgeois (American, born in France, 1911–2010)
Culture: American
Date: 1997
Medium: Lithograph on Rives BFK paper
Dimensions:
Image/sheet: 22 1/2 x 30 1/8 inches (57.2 x 76.5 cm)
Mat: 30 x 40 1/4 inches (76.2 x 102.2 cm)
Edition: Edition of 75 with 15 artist's proofs
Classification: Print
Credit Line: Gift of Blake Byrne, T'57
Label Text:A Flower in the Forest depicts a lone and vulnerable flowering plant in subdued colors. This delicate subject, shown separate and isolated from the forest referred to in the title, could be a flower discovered among towering trees, completely different from its surroundings. The thin, reaching roots echo the form of the plant and offer a reminder of the need for security in a desolate and blank landscape, which the artist suggests by the placement of the flower on the empty space of the white paper. Louise Bourgeois often used organic forms in her art to suggest the human body. Here, the curving branches bearing flowers compared with the plant's wiry roots bring to mind the passage of time and the effects of aging. This work is part of a portfolio that was created to honor Henry Geldzahler (1935-1994), a curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art-first of American Art and later of 20th Century Art-and an important figure in the art world.
Object number: 2017.4.6.7