Louise BourgeoisEmpty Nest 1994

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Artist
Louise Bourgeois (1911‑2010)
Title
Empty Nest
Date 1994
MediumDrypoint and aquatint on paper
Dimensionsimage: 227 x 303 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1994
Reference
P77692
Not on display

Summary

Empty Nest is one in a portfolio of fourteen drypoint etchings collectively titled Autobiographical Series. It depicts a woman sitting on a stool, her legs bent with her feet up on another stool and her hands covering her face, hiding its expression. The title of the image suggests that this expression is one of pain and sadness; possibly she is crying. The space around her is large and empty, reinforcing the sense of abandonment and loneliness. Bourgeois adopted a child in 1939 when she feared she would not be able to conceive, explaining: 'the fear of not having children made me hysterical'. Shortly afterwards she had two babies of her own (in 1940 and 1941) but recalls: 'the anxiety persisted after conception … when the children are much older you are afraid of something else… (read more)

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