Louise Bourgeois

Louise Bourgeois

Louise Bourgeois’ work explores psychological subjects such as fear, pain, desire, and trauma, inspired by her childhood in France. Working in a wide range of materials, Bourgeois used the human body as one of her primary subjects. Born in Paris in 1911, the artist studied at the Sorbonne and the École des Beaux-Arts. She later moved to New York and took classes at the Art Students League. In New York, the artist associated with European surrealist emigrés as well as members of the Abstract Expressionist movement, incorporating aspects of the styles of both groups into her work. In 1993 Bourgeois represented the United States in the Venice Biennale. Her work is in the collection of many museums, and has been the subject of many retrospective exhibitions, including at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Kunstverein, Frankfurt; the Tate Modern, London; and Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris. Bourgeois passed away in 2010 at the age of 98.

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