Louise Bourgeois

Variation for four hands and one foot


Louise Bourgeois 1911–2010
Plaster, plywood and fabric on wooden base
Object: 800 x 585 x 585 mm
Presented by Rosamond Bernier in honour of John Russell (Tate Americas Foundation) 2016
On long term loan

Not on display

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This plaster cast of four hands and one foot was taken from two friends of the artist: Rosamond Bernier, a renowned lecturer and former fashion editor at Vogue, and her husband John Russell, a prominent art critic. The large wooden plinth was made from part of an old pier. Bourgeois made several drawings and sculptures of pairs of hands throughout her career as a symbol of a caring, nurturing relationship, often that of a parent and child. ‘Hands in particular are as revealing to her as faces’, Bernier recalled in her autobiography.

Gallery label, March 2014