The Songs of the Blacks and the Blues. Original color lithograph, woodcut, gouache and oil-stick editions, 1996. Edition of 40 signed and numbered impressions on Arches paper.
Louise Bourgeois was an American artist, born in Paris, France. She is well known for her large-scale sculptures and installations, but she was also a prolific painter and printmaker. Most common themes she explored was domesticity and the family, sexuality and the body, as well as death and the subconscious, which were connected to events from her childhood (recalling the affair of her father with her governess and her mother’s refusal to acknowledge it). Bourgeois deemed that art can be a therapeutic process. Her artwork conveys feelings of anger, betrayal, and jealous in a playful manner, and some of her art pieces consist of erotic and sexual images. This artwork was made just before her ‘Maman’ exhibition of large spider sculptures which represented her mother. Groups of spiral forms appears to move and interact. These spiral forms suggests many possible interpretations like insect larvae, seashells, phalluses. “All my work is suggestive; it is not explicit. Explicit things are not interesting.” – she said.