• 2003
  • Louise Bourgeois
  • Watercolour,ink, felt pen, and pencil on paper
  • 54.8 x 37.8 cm

In addition to her work as a sculptor, Louise Bourgeois was always drawing. Untitled (2003) depicts a staircase rising to the sky, painted in watercolor in two shades of red. There is a kind of container at the top on which is a disheveled woman with her arm raised as if to call for help.

© The Easton Foundation / Adagp, Paris 2020 © Primae / David Bordes


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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