Getting to know Louise Bourgeois

Louise Bourgeois (1911 – 2010)


“My childhood has never lost its magic, it has never lost its mystery, and it has never lost its drama.”

“All my work of the last 50 years, all my subjects, have found their inspiration in my childhood.”

“When I was growing up all the women in my house were using needles. I’ve always had a fascination with the needle, the magic power of the needle. It is used to repair the damage. It’s a claim to forgiveness, it is never aggressive, it is not a pain.”

“The artist is lucky to be able to overcome his demons without hurting anybody.”

“The metaphors in nature are very strong… nature is a mode of communication.”

“I see the spider as the savior.”

“The repeating of one image and another image… means that what you can not say in words, you try to put in visual terms.”

“You have to repeat and repeat; otherwise people don’t understand what you are talking about.”

Articles about the artist and her body of work:

Unravel the creative process of sculptor Louise Bourgeois at MoMA New York – The architectural Digest.


Louise Bourgeois – The Complete Prints and Books – MoMA


Biography – TATE Gallery