Spider Woman

Louise Bourgeois American
Publisher Harlan & Weaver, Inc. American
Printer Harlan & Weaver, Inc. American

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Throughout her long career, Bourgeois treated the motif of spiders across many different media, from drawings and prints to monumental outdoor sculpture. The theme was initially associated with her mother, a tapestry restorer, but grew to take on broader associations as a strong female protector against evil. This example, dating from the last decade of the artist’s life, represents a female spider with a human face, contained within an egg-shaped form. The vibrant scarlet ink is a color Bourgeois favored in her late work.

Spider Woman, Louise Bourgeois (American, Paris 1911–2010 New York), Drypoint

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