Art by Louise Bourgeois
Art by Louise Bourgeois

Art by Louise Bourgeois

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Louise Bourgeois the Artist Louise bourgeois was French and an artist from American. She was born in Paris in the 1911 and her name Louise originated from the name of her father Louis who had great desire to have a baby boy. During the week days, her whole family would spend time in the fashionable St. Germain in residence above the veranda where they sold tapestries. Her family owned a workshop and a villa in the countryside and it was in this place where they could move over the weekends to restore their antique tapestries. It was her mother who could oversee this workshop together with Josephine who was her mother s close friend.

Bourgeois was recruited throughout her childhood to help her family members in the mending, drawing, washing and sewing. During her adolescent stage, she attended the elite Lycee Fenelon in Paris. The household tensions especially the fact that the mistress of her father resided with her family would later come to inform Bourgeois family about her great performance on autobiographical artwork. She was best known for her installation art and sculpture that she operated in large scale. Bourgeois was known for her prolific painter and printmaker. She explored different themes in her course like sexuality, the body, domesticity and family as well as death and subconscious.

During the 20th century, Louis Bourgeois was considered to be among the most famous and influential artists. In her career that spanned for good seventy years, she brought up an intensely personal body work that was as composite as it s diverse. There

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are many sculptures that were created by Louise in a wide range of unique environments or cells where she amalgamated bronze sculptures and traditional marble alongside the daily objects that were filled with strong emotional charge like empty bottles, furniture and clothes, drawings, hand-stitched works, printings that were made of fabric. Originally, Louise studied geometry and mathematics at Sorbonne but later in 1932, she switched to art. It was upon her marriage that she moved to New York in 1938 to Robert Goldwater who was an American art historian. She progressed with her artistic practice in America even though the career developed very slowly (Walsh & Maria 24).

The retrospective modern art museum made out of her own efforts in the 1982 when she was already seventy years acted as a turning point to her. In the interview that matched with the opening, Louise narrated that the imagery in her art that dealt with themes like violence, betrayal, anxiety, loneliness, jealousy, sexual desire and fear was autobiographical and also a form of catharsis. Her first sculpture was made in 2000 and it was to become an iconic series of maman that was a giant spider.

Her most famous and largest sculpture the maman which is the affectionate name used by the French people for mother exploded up in different locations all over the world. This brought up disagreement and at the same time respect every time it appeared. It also had alarming feet of thirty and a spell at river Thames banks that was outside the Tate in London this was before it took up a place

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in the outside part of Guggenheim Bilbao. In its union, the sculpture was divided especially where it was connected with the associations of maternal and of arachnids that Louise focused on. Maybe, maman was the one that brought culmination of this theme of arachnid that Louise had initially contemplated in just the drawing of the charcoal and an ink the year 1947 hence progressing with her sculpture spider in 1996 (Racz & Imogen 145).

Maman with its marble eggs that were seventeen in total stayed in a sac that was wired and it hanged in a cavity of under-body structure that looked very huge. This was alludes and emotionally aggressive to the mother of Louise together with the metaphors of protection, weaving and spinning. Louise always narrated that the spider was the same as her mother. She said that her mother was her best friend. In relation to a spider, Louise’ mother was also a weaver. According to her, spiders are always clever and she compared this with her mother saying that her mother was clever as spiders. Just like the way mothers are very helpful and protective, spiders are also friendly presences and they eat mosquitoes that spread diseases.

The widespread protection theme is in most cases related to images of home and shelter just like the way bourgeois combined the mediums of arts with her traumas and personal conflicts. In the series of cells, installation of windows, old doors, found objects and steel fencing were for her childhood evocations that she considered being supernatural supply of her work in art. That is why she publically and freely narrated about her initial emotions that brought up confusions in her family life. One of them was her affectionate and the influenza that caught her mother Louise was still young, the domineering disposition, marital infidelities of the father, unending mystery during her childhood, magic, and drama.

Her investment through emotions in the art work she dealt with was very exceptional and famous within the industry of art (Collier et al 101). The drawings of bourgeois in her years played with reality and art with daring. On top of that, the therapists of modern art together with their patients had great in the pioneering work of Bourgeois. A section of the work of Bourgeois is the hidden emotion and childhood distress. This is a topic that artist said about uninhibited.

It was after the mother to Bourgeois becomes infected with influenza that her father started other affairs with Sadie who was an outside woman and the English tutor of Bourgeois.  According to her, this was the time when she started having double standard engagement that was associated to sexuality and gender and she even expressed it much in her art work. She even spoke of how her father could tell the mother the way he loved her despite the infidelity. In fact, sexuality theme is very prominent and important to Louise. Even if they seem to be very aggressive, the sculpture of bourgeois tend to shape the themes of fragility, insecurity and protection to formulate great symbolic ideas that put much emphasis on the correlation of unconscious through which she became very fascinated. Bourgeois used art to recreate and re-narrate the history of

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