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Louise Bourgeois

Louise Bourgeois
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Hans Namuth, 17 Mar 1915 - 13 Oct 1990
Louise Bourgeois, 25 Dec 1911 - 31 May 2010
Gelatin silver print
Image: 17.2 x 25cm (6 3/4 x 9 13/16")
Sheet: 27.7 x 35.5cm (10 7/8 x 14")
Mat: 40.6 x 55.9cm (16 x 22")
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of the Estate of Hans Namuth
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© Hans Namuth Ltd.
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Born Paris, France
Known primarily for her sculptural work, the French-born artist Louise Bourgeois only achieved widespread recognition in the mid-1970s, when she was well into her sixties. Wryly noting that her recognition "could have come earlier, but that it's better than nothing at all," Bourgeois came to prominence in large part through the increased attention to female artists that resulted from the women's movement. But her stature has less to do with her gender than with her work's powerful exploration of themes of deep human significance, often reflecting the struggle of wills that characterize human relationships. Describing her approach to sculpting in a 1988 interview, Bourgeois noted: "I do not want to use the stone for my own purposes. I want to bring out its highest potential. And I do this with my tools-a hammer, a chisel, a drill. But always there is resistance. The urge to please someone, to want someone is very strong. Seduction is never finished."
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