Louise Bourgeois

Autobiographical Prints

Featuring two series (25 works) by one of the most influential artists of recent decades Louise Bourgeois: Autobiographical Prints presents these highly personal and dreamlike expressions of this formidable creative force.

Most of the French-American artist’s work dealt with strongly autobiographical themes, invoking her childhood emotions of loneliness, desire, anxiety and jealousy.

A prolific printmaker, Bourgeois’ Autobiographical Series capture her deepest thoughts and memories, particularly in a suite of 14 etchings (from 1994).

As a companion, the collection of 11 Drypoints (from 1999) offer a more abstract perspective, using metaphorical motifs and themes to conjure the dreams and images that haunted her to the very end of her life.

Faithfully reproduced with arresting clarity, intriguing and highly immersive, both sets of prints open a window into the mind of the artist.

Featuring two new texts: Roger Malbert provides an overview of the role that printmaking played in the artist’s long career, while psychoanalyst and feminist Juliet Mitchell explores themes of childhood trauma and sexuality.

Published to accompany a touring exhibition across the UK and Ireland in 2015-16.

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