Louise Bourgeois, Sheaves


Louise Bourgeois (French-American, 1911-2010)

Sheaves (Version 1), 1984

Medium: Lithograph on wove paper

Dimensions: 45 x 28.4 cm (17 15/16 x 11 3/16 in)

Edition of 90: Hand-signed and numbered in pencil

Publisher. Galerie Maeght, Paris

Catalogue raisonnée: MoMA Cat. No. 606.1

Condition: Very good

In stock

“These are sheaves hanging from the ceiling and they trail together. They do not need to be grounded anymore. They don’t have to; they hang. When they hang, it is because they can’t find an equilibrium on the floor, so they find another point of reference on the ceiling. The ceiling suggests that you have a different kind of permanence. It is a search for equilibrium, and you have it if the things hang, whereas the floor has revealed itself to be a difficult situation because people can push you over. Since you are drawn to a point, you’re very vulnerable. The image of sheaves comes from a strange childhood memory. My parents were very proud of their garden, so there was a lot of gardening activity, and a lot of these things were, sure enough, hung from the ceiling. They would thread the string beans and hang them in the attic. And in the middle of the winter, it was a delight and a claim to fame to have these string beans to cook. It was a delectation.”Louise Bourgeois

Louise Bourgeois (1911-2010) was a French-American artist whose extensive career spanned over seven decades, leaving an indelible mark on modern and contemporary art. Best known for her large-scale sculpture and installation work, Bourgeois also excelled in painting, drawing, and printmaking, exploring themes of family, sexuality, death, and the subconscious. Her work is profoundly autobiographical, delving into her own experiences to confront fear, anxiety, and the complexities of the human condition. Louise Bourgeois‘ sculptures, particularly her iconic Maman series—a collection of towering spider structures—symbolize motherhood’s strength and complexity. These and other works, like her Cells installations, create immersive environments that invite introspection on isolation, vulnerability, and memory. Her use of diverse materials, from bronze and marble to latex and fabric, reflects the multifaceted nature of her themes, embodying softness and hardness, fragility and resilience. In her printmaking and painting, Louise Bourgeois maintained a similarly introspective and complex approach. Her prints often feature organic, repeating forms and are deeply symbolic, exploring motifs of the body, nature, and familial relationships. Her painting work, though less prevalent, carries a raw, emotional charge, utilizing abstract and figurative elements to express internal landscapes. Bourgeois’ influence extends beyond her pioneering contributions to sculpture and installation art. She was a central figure in discussions on feminism in art, using her work to challenge traditional representations of gender and identity. Despite achieving recognition later in life, her legacy is characterized by her relentless innovation, psychological depth, and the universal resonance of her themes. Louise Bourgeois‘ art transcends easy categorization, standing as a testament to her explorations of the pain and beauty of human life. Her work has been celebrated in major retrospectives worldwide, including The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City in 1982, Tate Modern in London in 2007, Centre Pompidou in Paris in 2008 and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City from 2008-2009.

Louise Bourgeois, Sheaves


Limited Edition Print




Conceptual Art, Contemporary Art, Figurative Art, Women Artists

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