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Woman House (Femme Maison)

1984; printed 1990
Louise Bourgeois, American (born France), 1911 - 2010. Printed at Atelier Crommelynck, Paris. Printed by Piero Crommelynck, French, 1934 - 2001. Published by Galerie Lelong, Paris

Louise Bourgeois’s Woman House (Femme Maison) confronts notions of femininity and domesticity. She depicts a nude female figure whose upper half has been replaced by a large house, revisiting woman/house hybrid imagery that she first explored through a series of works in the mid-1940s.



The ordered structure of the architecture clashes with the organic forms of the body, creating a dissonance that evokes the struggles of women in the domestic sphere. For many women of the time, the home could be a refuge as well as a prison. Yet, Bourgeois’s work remains playful, with the figure raising one of its diminutive arms to wave at the viewer.

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