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LOUISE BOURGEOIS: THE COMPLETE PRINTS & BOOKS

Louise Bourgeois: The Complete Prints & Books
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  • Abstraction
  • Architecture
  • Body Parts
  • Faces & Portraits
  • Figures
  • Motherhood & Family
  • Music
  • Nature
  • Spirals
  • Words
  • Other
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

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Documentation is added incrementally by theme.
Angry-Cat

Animals & Insects

Creatures of the natural world were a source of fascination to Bourgeois from the time her father... More
Chair-Object

Objects

Transformation is at the core of Bourgeois’s treatment of objects as artistic motifs. In her very early prints, chairs, tables, clocks... More
Fabric-intro

Fabric Works

Louise Bourgeois’s connection to fabric goes back to her childhood years, when she helped out in her family’s tapestry restoration workshop... More
Spiders-intro

Spiders

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

Abstraction

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

Music

No (1). 1973. Photostat

Words

Untitled, plate 3 of 9, from the illustrated book, He Disappeared into Complete Silence. 1947. Engraving

Architecture

Hamlet and Ophelia. 1997. Lithograph

Figures

Mountain Lakes. 1997. Engraving, etching, and aquatint

Nature

Pivotage Difficile (Difficult Steering). 1947. Engraving

Other

Feet (Socks). 1999. Drypoint

Body Parts

Pregnant Woman Leaning on a Column. 2001. Drypoint with ink additions

Motherhood & Family

Untitled, no. 5 of 12, from the series, Spirals. 2005. Woodcut

Spirals