Louise Bourgeois | Editioned work
As a young adult Bourgeois assisted in her parents' tapestry workshop, where she was responsible in particular for making drawings of feet and other appendages that needed repair. She studied mathematics at the Sorbonne and subsequently enrolled in a variety of art courses in several schools and academies around Paris. In 1938 she moved to New York with her husband, historian of tribal arts Robert Goldwater. In addition to sculpture, Bourgeois has also worked in the mediums of painting, drawing and printmaking over the course of her long and distinguished career. In all of these, the artist explores issues connected to autobiographical experiences: betrayal, familial relationships, sexuality, motherhood, abandonment and independence, control and the loss of control. Bourgeois first experimented with printmaking in the 1940s, and has actively pursued the medium during the past two decades. Her involvement with illustrated books closely parallels this interest. In her 90s now, there are no signs of Bourgeois's creative output slowing.
Louise Bourgeois was born in 1911 in Paris. Her family was in the business of restoring tapestries, and although she was constantly surrounded by art, she did not always intend to be an artist. She first studied mathematics in college at the Sorbonne and thought that mathematics gave her life order and logic. She had a relatively tumultuous personal life as a child as she became aware that her nanny was also her father's mistress.