Louise Bourgeois Art

With a career spanning eight decades from the 1930s until 2010, the artist Louise Bourgeois is one of the great figures of modern and contemporary art. She is best known for her large-scale sculptures and installations that are inspired by her own memories and experiences. Louise Bourgeois artwork could manifest as large-scale sculpture and installation art, but she was also a prolific painter and printmaker. She worked in many mediums, using drawings, prints, sculpture and fabric works. Using the body as a primary form, Louise Bourgeois art explores the full range of the human condition.  From poetic drawings to room size installations, she was able to give her fears a physical form in order to exorcise them.  

Memories, sexuality, love and abandonment are the core of her complex body of work

Louise Bourgeois art explores a variety of themes including domesticity and the family, sexuality and the body, as well as death and the unconscious.These themes connect to events from her childhood which she considered to be a therapeutic process. Although Bourgeois exhibited with the Abstract Expressionists and her work has much in common with Surrealism and Feminist art, she was not formally affiliated with a particular artistic movement. Whatever materials and processes she used to create her powerful pieces, the main force behind her art was to work through her troubled childhood memories. Louise Bourgeois' artwork also often references her involvement in the family tapestry business, and the caregiving she provided her mother, along with pervasive feelings of abandonment— all important themes in her work.

Louise Bourgeois art is renowned worldwide

So much so that in 2000, following a decade of international exhibitions and awards, the Tate Gallery of Modern Art commissioned Bourgeois for the inaugural installation of the museum’s new location at the Turbine Hall of the Bankside Power Station. The following ten years continued to bring Louise Bourgeois art acclaim. She was the subject of numerous major exhibitions, including the first showing of a living American artist at the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, in 2001. In 2007, another major retrospective of her work was organised by the Tate Modern and the Centre Pompidou. The exhibition also travelled to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.

Louise Bourgeois art at Third Drawer Down UK

Our collection with Louise Bourgeois is very special, and we couldn't be more thrilled about it. Third Drawer Down UK has collaborated with her studio, The Easton Foundation, since 2003 and we are proud to be producing significant collections with Louise Bourgeois artwork from throughout her illustrious career. Louise Bourgeois' art is known all over the world and we love to make it more accessible to art lovers around the globe, and to see it in their spaces.