This is a self-portrait, as indicated by the hairdo that Bourgeois wore at this time. The figure protects a bowl with three eggs, representing her three young boys. These are "her three jewels," the artist said. "The bird will take care of the eggs...but can also escape by flight." Here, she employs a visual strategy that recurs time and again in her work the combination of realism and Surrealism to create her symbolism.
Gallery label from Louise Bourgeois: An Unfolding Portrait, Sept. 24, 2017-Jan. 28, 2018.