Louise Bourgeois was a force of nature. Her career as an artist spanned seven decades (longer than Picasso's) and she created until the day she died. Although her career was concurrent with many different art movements -- surrealism, abstraction, and minimalism to name a few-- Louise was single minded and never directly tied to any current art historical trends. Her works are imaginative, other-worldly, and even sometimes frightening but she always had a clear voice and vision and an incredibly creative one at that.
Louise Bourgeois with Spider IV, 1996. Photo by Peter Bellamy.
"Maman" by Louise Bourgeois
Jean-François Jaussaud, Louise Bourgeois at home, New York (Photo: © Jean-François Jaussaud / Art: © The Easton Foundation)
Louise Bourgeois, The Couple, 2007-09
Small Eye #3 by Louise Bourgeois
To learn more about Bourgeois, there's a great interview with her on Art Space called "I Don't Need an Interview to Clarify My Thoughts": An Interview with Louise Bourgeois