Details:

This print, dating from the last decade of the artist’s life, depicts a female spider with a human face, contained within an egg-shaped form. The vibrant scarlet ink is a color the artist favored in her late work.
Unframed
Edition of 25
Signed

① Artwork:

Spider Woman

This print, dating from the last decade of the artist’s life, depicts a female spider with a human face, contained within an egg-shaped form. The vibrant scarlet ink is a color the artist favored in her late work.

Throughout her long career, Bourgeois turned to the motif of spiders across many different media—from drawings and prints to monumental outdoor sculptures. The theme of the spider was initially associated with the artist's mother, a tapestry restorer. Later, the symbol grew to take on broader associations as a strong female protector against evil.

For Bourgeois, art-making is both an exorcism and a tool for coping, or as the artist said: “Art is a guarantee of sanity.” After working without much recognition for several decades, Bourgeois became internationally known at the age of 70 for unique works that explore themes of loneliness, jealousy, anger and fear.

Specs:

13.5 inches
13.5 inches

③ Artist:

Louise Bourgeois

When she first exhibited her work, Bourgeois’s idiosyncratic approach to art-making was out of step with the formal issues dominating the art world at that time. But by the 1970s and 1980s, the artist's work was internationally recognized. Bourgeois was renowned for creating unique works, including: monumental spiders, eerie room-sized “Cells,” evocative figures often hanging from wires and a range of fabric works fashioned from her old clothes. The artist also constantly made drawings on paper and regularly returned to printmaking. For Bourgeois, art was both a tool for coping and an exorcism.

Louise Bourgeois:
Spider Woman, 2005
Drypoint on custom handmade paper
13.5 × 13.5 inches /