Louise Bourgeois' career hurtled into the public sphere with the rise of feminism in the late 1960s and the sudden recognition of her emotionally charged and beautifully crafted work. A pioneer of Confessional Art, her high auction results have certified her place as one of the world's most acclaimed and adored female artists.
The raw potency of her work derives from her rigorous exploration of her troubled childhood—stemming from the… Read more
About the artwork
Known to explore childhood trauma through her work, Bourgeois uses her father's infidelity as the main motif of this drypoint etching—a recurring theme in the artist's practice. Stripped of its romantic connotations and imbued with a sense of emptiness, the phrase "I love you" is scrawled across music paper, recalling the song-like litany of her father's insincere expressions of love.