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Louise BOURGEOIS | C.O.Y.O.T.E.
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Louise BOURGEOIS
France born 1911
to United States of America 1938
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C.O.Y.O.T.E. [previously known as The blind leading the blind] 1941-48
painted wood
137.4 (h) x 214.5 (w) x 28.9 (d) cm
not signed, not dated
Purchased 1981
NGA 1981.1238
© Louise Bourgeois. Licensed by VAGA & VISCOPY, Australia
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Biography

Louise Bourgeois was born in Paris on 25 December 1911. During her school years she assisted at her parents' tapestry workshop by providing drawings. Although she enrolled at the Sorbonne, Paris, to study mathematics in 1932, she dropped this to take up art studies. From 1936 to 1937 she studied art history at the Ecole du Louvre, working at the same time at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. Between 1937 and 1938 she attended the Académie de la Grande-Chaumière, where she worked part-time as a studio assistant. She also took classes at the Académie Julian and Atelier Fernand Léger at this time. In 1938 she moved to New York and enrolled at the Art Students League the following year. She received an honorary award for a tapestry exhibited in 1943 at 'The Arts in Therapy', the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and her first solo exhibition was held at the Bertha Schaefer Gallery, New York, in 1945. This was followed by an exhibition at the Norylst Gallery in 1947 and exhibitions of sculpture at the Peridot Gallery in 1949, 1950 and 1953. In 1951 she became a naturalised American citizen. In the following years Bourgeois participated in many group exhibitions, including 'Les Etas-Unis: Sculpture du XX Siècle' at the Musée Rodin, Paris, in 1965, and 'Eccentric Abstraction' at the Fischbach Gallery, New York. In the 1970s her work gained critical attention, culminating in a number of solo exhibitions in the United States and abroad and a retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, in 1982. Bourgeois lives and works in New York.

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