R.I.P. Louise Bourgeois

Louise Bourgeois
1911 - 2010

The Paris-born artist, Lady Louise Bourgeois who was the first woman to receive a full-scale retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art, has died at 98 in Manhattan.

Lady Louise Bourgeois worked as an assistant for the artist Fernand Leger before moving to New York in 1938. She did not have her first solo exhibition until June 1945, when she was shown at New York's Bertha Schaeder Gallery, three months before the end of World War II.

After experimenting with painting early on, Bourgeois devoted herself to sculpture in 1949, though she occasionally also produced prints and drawings. Though influenced by the sculpture of the Surrealists, she nevertheless forged a brand of art that was uniquely her own, frequently depicting anatomical parts that grew out of geometric forms.

Photo courtesy of Centre Pompidou, Paris

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