Louise Bourgeois

Internationally renowned artist, Louise Bourgeois, was born in 1911 in Paris. Although she lived in New York from 1938 until her death in 2010, much of her inspiration was derived from her early childhood in France.

Bourgeois was named Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French Minister of Culture in 1983. Other honours included the Grand Prix National de Sculpture from the French government in 1991; the National Medal of Arts, presented to her by President Bill Clinton in 1997; the first lifetime achievement award from the International Sculpture Center in Washington D.C,; and election as a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 1993 she was chosen to represent the United States at the Venice Biennale. Louise Bourgeois's work appears in the most important museum collections worldwide and has been the subject of several major travelling retrospectives organized by the Tate Modern, London, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, The Brooklyn Museum and The Kunstverein, Frankfurt.