Louise Bourgeois. My Inner Life. 2008

Louise Bourgeois

My Inner Life


Only state
plate (in 2 vertical parts) (overall): 59 11/16 × 35 9/16" (151.6 × 90.4 cm); sheet: 59 11/16 x 38 1/2" (151.6 x 97.8 cm)
Osiris, New York
Wingate Studio, Hinsdale, NH
"3/9" lower left comp., pencil, artist's hand.
Gift of the artist
Object number
© 2018 The Easton Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, NY
Drawings and Prints
This work is on view on Floor 3, in an Exhibitions Gallery, with 236 other works online.
Louise Bourgeois has 3,094 works  online.
There are 21,556 prints online.

Anxiety, fear, jealousy, and anger can affect the body, and Bourgeois expressed these tensions through imagery of bones, muscles, intestines, and bodily fluids. "With emotions there is always the physical reactionthe heartbeat, breathing, perspiration," she said, but also "paralyzing fears" and "somatic ailments."

Gallery label from Louise Bourgeois: An Unfolding Portrait, Sept. 24, 2017-Jan. 28, 2018

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