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
Bourgeois saw her art as a form of self-portraiture. Here she produces a suite of five screenprints each with an image of a grimacing girl. Rendered in crude lines these five screenprinted images contrast sharply with the delicate initials embroidered in the left-hand corner of each piece of linen—reminiscent of a lady's handkerchief. Do these depictions represent the artist herself, hailed as the irreverent mother of a new generation of (post)-feminist artists in the 1994 exhibition Bad Girls? Produced just two years before Bourgeois' death, The Bad Girl, is representative of her autobiographical concerns and sees the artist looking back over her long career.
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