1st Comprehensive Exhibition of Louise Bourgeois Paintings at MET

Diane Lilli

Louise Bourgeois was a French-American artist that should be a household name here in the US.  Though across Europe and among most artists  Bourgeois is revered, the general public has never seen the scope of her astonishing work - until now.

Louise Bourgeois: Paintings is the first comprehensive exhibition of paintings produced by the iconic, French-American artist Louise Bourgeois (1911–2010) between her arrival in New York in 1938 and her turn to sculpture in the late 1940s. While Bourgeois is best known today as a sculptor, it is in this early body of work—created in the decade spanning World War II—that her artistic voice emerged, establishing a core group of visual motifs that she would continue to explore and develop over the course of her celebrated, decades-long career.

Informed by new archival research, the exhibition sheds light on a little-known chapter in the artist’s practice.

The exhibition runs from April 12 - to August 7 at the MET in NYC.

The exhibition is made possible by The Modern Circle, The Easton Foundation, and the Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw Charitable Trust.

The catalogue is made possible by The Modern Circle.