LOUISE BOURGEOIS: THE COMPLETE PRINTS & BOOKS
Louise Bourgeois: The Complete Prints & Books
Although Louise Bourgeois’s work takes many forms, veering from the representational to the abstract, her motivation remained remarkably consistent over the course of her long life. For her, art served as a means, a tool, and finally, she said, “a guarantee of sanity.” Motifs emerged in the process of harnessing her strong emotions and ultimately became visual metaphors for particular concerns and struggles. These motifs are grouped under the thematic headings cited here.
These works do not illustrate... they are an exorcism...
That is what I am after... to dig and to reveal.”
Research to Date
Documentation is added incrementally by theme.
Creatures of the natural world were a source of fascination to Bourgeois from the time her father... More
Transformation is at the core of Bourgeois’s treatment of objects as artistic motifs. In her very early prints, chairs, tables, clocks... More
Louise Bourgeois’s connection to fabric goes back to her childhood years, when she helped out in her family’s tapestry restoration workshop... More
Although recognized for exploring a broad array of materials and motifs, Bourgeois is perhaps best known for sculptures of spiders... More
Research in Progress
Untitled, plate 4 of 8, from the illustrated book, The Puritan. 1990. Engraving with gouache additions
Insomnia, frontispiece, from the illustrated book, Louise Bourgeois: The Insomnia Drawings. 2000. Drypoint
Faces & Portraits
Musical Score. 2002. Drypoint with ink, pencil, and crayon additions
No (1). 1973. Photostat
Untitled, plate 3 of 9, from the illustrated book, He Disappeared into Complete Silence. 1947. Engraving
Hamlet and Ophelia. 1997. Lithograph
Mountain Lakes. 1997. Engraving, etching, and aquatint
Pivotage Difficile (Difficult Steering). 1947. Engraving
Feet (Socks). 1999. Drypoint
Pregnant Woman Leaning on a Column. 2001. Drypoint with ink additions
Motherhood & Family
Untitled, no. 5 of 12, from the series, Spirals. 2005. Woodcut
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