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LOUISE BOURGEOIS: THE COMPLETE PRINTS & BOOKS

Louise Bourgeois: The Complete Prints & Books
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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.”
—Louise Bourgeois

Abstraction

The art of Louise Bourgeois is most closely associated with provocative imagery... More

Body Parts

In the 1940s, Louise Bourgeois began an investigation of partial female nude in a... More

Figures

The motif of the human figure served as an embodiment of changing moods and... More

Nature

Trees, flowers, nests, mountains, rivers, and clouds are among the elements of nature to... More

Spirals

Within Louise Bourgeois’s overall investigation of abstract motifs, the spiral holds... More

Animals & Insects

Creatures of the natural world were a source of fascination to Bourgeois from... More

Fabric Works

Louise Bourgeois’s connection to fabric goes back to her childhood years, when... More

Motherhood & Family

Among Louise Bourgeois’s most symbolic titles is One and Others, referring to... More

Objects

Transformation is at the core of Bourgeois’s treatment of objects as artistic motifs... More

Words

Writing things down—in diaries, on the backs of drawings, and on countless sheets of... More

Architecture

The architecture of New York City had an immediate impact on Louise Bourgeois... More

Faces & Portraits

A “drama of the self” is how Louise Bourgeois once described a work, perceiving... More

Music

Children’s songs, piano lessons, and records were intimate memories of growing... More

Spiders

Although recognized for exploring a broad array of materials and motifs... More