A study of the work in marble of sculptor Louise Bourgeois. It includes pieces from the 1960s to the 21st century, and offers the artist's reflections on the medium and its importance to her oeuvre. In her long career Louise Bourgeois has worked in a wide variety of mediums, including latex, wood, plaster and metal. However she returns again and again to marble, a material she "can wrestle with". As this volume reveals, the major themes of Bourgeois' art - childhood, family, the body, sexuality, and innocence - are enhanced by the flesh-like tones and smooth, unforgiving surface of marble. Oscillating continually between abstract figures and organic form, Bourgeois manages to imbue this inert material with emotional intensity, from her mysterious and dramatic large-scale "cell" installations to her seductive and feminine "nature studies".
Louise Bourgeois was born in Paris in 1911 and studied art at the Ecole du Louvre, Académie des Beaux-Arts, Académie Julian, and Atelier Fernand Léger. In 1938, she emigrated to the United States and continued her studies at the Art Students League in New York. Though her beginnings were as an engraver and painter, by the 1940s she turned her attention almost exclusively to sculptural work. Her pieces are displayed in the collections of most major museums around the world. She lives in New York.
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