Louise Bourgeois: Paintings

April 12–August 7, 2022
Previously on view at The Met Fifth Avenue, Gallery 913
Free with Museum admission

Louise Bourgeois: Paintings is the first comprehensive exhibition of paintings produced by the iconic, French-American artist Louise Bourgeois (1911–2010) between her arrival in New York in 1938 and her turn to sculpture in the late 1940s. While Bourgeois is best known today as a sculptor, it is in this early body of work—created in the decade spanning World War II—that her artistic voice emerged, establishing a core group of visual motifs that she would continue to explore and develop over the course of her celebrated, decades-long career. Informed by new archival research, the exhibition sheds light on a little-known chapter in the artist’s practice.

The exhibition is made possible by The Modern Circle, The Easton Foundation, and the Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw Charitable Trust.

The catalogue is made possible by The Modern Circle.

Louise Bourgeois in the studio of her apartment at 142 East 18th Street, ca. 1946. Gelatin silver print, 2 1/4 x 2 1/4 in. (5.7 x 5.7 cm). © The Easton Foundation / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY