Phillips, New York, MOCA Los Angeles: Benefit Auction, 15 May 2008, Lot 10 (donated by the artist) Acquired from the above by the present owner
"A woman who carries packages is responsible for what she carries and they are very fragile, and she is totally responsible. Yes it is a fear of not being a good mother" (Louise Bourgeois cited in: Exh. Cat., London, Tate Modern, Louise Bourgeois, 2007, p. 175).
The colours in the catalogue illustration are fairly accurate although the overall tonality is deeper and richer in the original.
This work is in very good condition. The sheet is hinged verso to the backing board in numerous places, and undulates slightly. The top edge of the sheet is cut roughly, which is original. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."