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Louise Bourgeois

Louise Joséphine Bourgeois (French: [lwiz bu??wa]; 25 December 1911 – 31 May 2010) was a French-American artist. Best known for her large-scale sculpture and installation art, Bourgeois was also a prolific painter and printmaker. She explored a variety of themes over the course of her long career including domesticity and the family, sexuality and the body, as well as death and the subconscious. 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.

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Clothing is . . . an exercise in memory. It makes me explore the past: how did I feel when I wore th ...

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Look at it this way - a totem pole is just a decorated tree. My work is a confessional.

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Tell your own story, and you will be interesting.

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My mother was a restorer, she repaired broken things. I don't do that. I destroy things. I cannot go ...

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Artists are born not made. There's nothing you can do for them.

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I am a searcher... I always was... and I still am... searching for the missing piece.

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Art is a guarantee of sanity.

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I like Francis Bacon best, because Francis Bacon has terrific problems, and he knows that he is not ...

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To express your emotions, you have to be very loose and receptive. The unconscious will come to you ...

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Art is a guarantee of sanity. That is the most important thing I have said.

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When my mother died, I fell apart. My father wanted to control me. As a consequence, I ran away to A ...

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In my sculpture, it's not an image I am seeking, it's not an idea. My goal is to re-live a past emot ...

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At the dinner table when I was very little, I would hear people bickering... To escape the bickering ...

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The twentieth-century artist who uses symbols is alienated because the system of symbols is a privat ...

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To be an artist, you need to exist in a world of silence.

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