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Fugue

  • 2003
  • Louise Bourgeois
  • Screen prints
  • Nineteen screen prints

In 2003, Louise Bourgeois created Fugue, a series of nineteen drawings in colored pencils and Indian ink on music paper, printed as lithographs in 2005. The lines for the notes are covered with blood-red spirals [“the spiral is an attempt to control chaos”], circles and lines, blue squares and purple rectangles, as well as words. The title Fugue refers to how the pictorial elements are modified, repeated and linked to each other. Louise Bourgeois has never stopped exploring her unconscious, projecting her vision of the world in a poetic dimension. 

© The Easton Foundation / Adagp, Paris 2020. Photo © Fondation Louis Vuitton / Marc Domage

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Louise Bourgeois

Born in France, Louise Bourgeois emigrated to the United States in 1938 with the American art historian Robert Goldwater whom she had just married. Throughout her life, the artist drew inspiration from her own life—difficult relationship with her father, nostalgia for her native land, hysteria, fear, etc.—for the psychological and emotional themes of her works.

Her belated recognition (retrospective at MoMa in 1982) had a stimulating effect on her work, which continues to influence artists today. 

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