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Louise Bourgeois at The Hermitage

Mikhail Piotrovsky, foreword; essays by Sophia Kudriavtseva, Julie Sylvester

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ISBN 10: 0962260517 / ISBN 13: 9780962260513
Published by The State Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, 2001
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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In very good condition; slight rubbing at top and bottom of spine and bottom outside corners; otherwise, inside pages clean and bright, binding tight. Exhibition catalogue, October 9, 2001-January 13, 2002; traveled to Finland, Sweden, and Norway. Piotrovsky and Sylvester's texts in Russian and English; Kudriavtseva essay in Russian only. Red velvet boards with embossed lettering. Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 2001093819. 103 pages. Approx. 14 7/8 x 12 1/8 in. Bookseller Inventory # 000067

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Title: Louise Bourgeois at The Hermitage

Publisher: The State Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg

Publication Date: 2001

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

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Louise Bourgeois first travelled to Russia in 1932, at the age of 21, having just received her Baccalaureate in philosophy from the University of Paris. Her second journey occured in the spring of 1934, and included a visit to the Moscow Theater Festival, to see the work of the Russian Constructivists, and to observe May Day celebrations in Red Square. Nearly 70 years later, Bourgeois returned to Russia on the occasion of her retrospective at the State Hermitage Museum, the first major exhibition of a living American artist to be held at that institution. From the teetering personages of the late 1940s, which represent the members of the family she left behind in France, to the great steel protectress Maman, created in 2001 especially for the Hermitage courtyard, Bourgeois' indomitable will, psychological complexity, and brash, bold personality show through in the sculptures and drawings illustrated here.

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Born in 1911 in Paris, Louise Bourgeoiswas raised in a household that famously included her father's mistress, who was also Louise's nanny. She studied philosophy and mathematics before turning to art in 1934, and over the next few years studied at various art academies and in the atelier of Fernand Leger, among others. She moved to New York in 1938 with her new husband, American art historian Robert Goldwater. Her first U.S. showing was in a print exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum, and over the next 50 years, she exhibited consistently in solo and group shows. In 1982, Bourgeois was the subject of the first retrospective ever given to a woman artist at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and her work has remained in the spotlight ever since.

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