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.
Although recognized for exploring a broad array of materials and motifs, Bourgeois is perhaps best known for sculptures of spiders, ranging in size from a brooch of four inches to monumental outdoor pieces that rise to over 30 feet. Long a motif in Symbolist art, the spider encompassed several meanings for Bourgeois... More
Louise Bourgeois’s connection to fabric goes back to her childhood years, when she helped out in her family’s tapestry restoration workshop. As an adult, she long associated the act of sewing with repairing on a symbolic level, as she attempted to fix the damage she caused in personal relationships... More
These works do not illustrate...
they are an exorcism...
That is what I am after...
to dig and to reveal.”
Research in Progress
Print documentation will be added to this site incrementally, by theme, once a year.
Untitled, plate 4 of 8, from the illustrated book, The Puritan. 1990. Engraving with gouache additions
Feet. 1999. Drypoint
Musical Score. 2002. Drypoint with ink, pencil, and crayon additions
Le Père et les trois fils. 1999. Lithograph with embossing and pastel additions
The Angry Cat. 2000. Drypoint and engraving
Animals & Insects
Frontispiece, for the illustrated book, The Insomnia Drawings. 2000. Etching
Faces & Portraits
Pregnant Woman Leaning on a Column. 2001. Drypoint with ink additions
Motherhood & Family
Untitled, no. 5 of 12, from the series, Spirals. 2005. Woodcut
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
No (1). 1973. Photostat
Pivotage Difficile (Difficult Steering). 1947. Engraving
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