Doodle Tuesday – Louise Bourgeois


This week’s doodle comes from Feminist Surrealist (not officially either) Louise Bourgeois (1911-2010). Probably most well-known for her cells (below) and giant spiders, Bourgeois’ sketches always hit me the hardest.


Above: Sculpture by Bourgeois in theDomestic Incidents group exhibit at London’s Tate Modern Turbine Hall, 2006

I think I’m ready to say that she’s my favourite artist now. Or at least that she ties with John Cage. Yes, I don’t think they’d mind sharing. They’re both so inspirational.


Born Louise Josephine Bourgeois
25 December 1911
Paris, France
Died 31 May 2010 (aged 98)
Manhattan, New York City, U.S.

Her mother’s death inspired her to abandon mathematics and to begin studying art. Her father thought modern artists were wastrels and refused to support her. Good old Wikipedia

4 thoughts on “Doodle Tuesday – Louise Bourgeois

  1. I am not a spider lover (to put it mildly) but I love her giant spider sculptures. And her sketches are pretty mind-blowing. I can’t help but wonder what she was thinking about as she drew the one that looked like a mother eating her babies? Or is that a reflection on me, somehow? Maybe she’s kissing them and I’m the freak that’s thinking about eating babies? hmmm. Much to think about.

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    1. I’m also terrified of spiders, but I always love drawings or other depictions of them for some reason. I think you’re right about the eating babies thing – I’m sure I’ve read or seen stuff about her discussion females eating their young and possibly their partners.


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