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By Anonym 13 Sep

Louise Bourgeois

Art is a guarantee of sanity. That is the most important thing I have said.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Louise Bourgeois

Art is a guarantee of sanity.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Louise Bourgeois

The Spider is an ode to my mother. She was my best friend. Like a spider, my mother was a weaver. . . Like spiders, my mother was very clever. Spiders are friendly presences that eat mosquitoes. We know that mosquitoes spread diseases and are therefore unwanted. So, spiders are helpful and protective, just like my mother.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Louise Bourgeois

Every day you have to abandon your past or accept it and then, if you cannot accept it, you become a sculptor.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Louise Bourgeois

At the dinner table when I was very little, I would hear people bickering... To escape the bickering, I started modelling the soft bread with my fingers. With the dough of the French bread %u2013 sometimes it was still warm %u2013 I would make little figures. And I would line them up on the table and this was really my first sculpture.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Louise Bourgeois

My work has to do with a defense against fervor. People are always in a rush. To do what? To do nothing! There is a kind of fervor that is completely meaningless. This drawing is a call for meditation.... I am an insomniac, so for me the state of being asleep is paradise. It is a paradise I can never reach. But I still try to conquer the insomnia, and to a large extent I have done it; it is conquerable. My drawings are a kind of rocking or stroking and an attempt at finding peace. Peaceful rhythm. Like rocking a baby to sleep.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Louise Bourgeois

What modern art means is that you have to keep finding new ways to express yourself, to express the problems, that there are no settled ways, no fixed approach. This is a painful situation, and modern art is about this painful situation of having no absolutely definite way of expressing yourself.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Louise Bourgeois

My childhood has never lost its magic, it has never lost its mystery, and it has never lost its drama.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Louise Bourgeois

My work disturbs people and nobody wants to be disturbed. They are not fully aware of the effect my work has on them, but they know it is disturbing.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Louise Bourgeois

I do not need the musing of the philosophers to tell me what I am doing. It would be more interesting to let me know why I am doing it.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Louise Bourgeois

I dont watch TV. I dont use a computer, a fax or a cellphone.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Louise Bourgeois

My art is a form of restoration in terms of my feelings to myself and to others.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Louise Bourgeois

And what’s the use of talking, if you already know that others don’t feel what you feel?

By Anonym 13 Sep

Louise Bourgeois

If you flatter me, or if you look at me the right way, I will kill myself to please you. It's very painful to be an overachiever.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Louise Bourgeois

A work of art does not need an explanation. The work has to speak for itself. The work may be subject to many interpretations, but only one was in the mind of the artist. Some artists say to make the work readable for the public is an artist’s responsibility, but I don’t agree with that. The only responsibility to be absolutely truthful to the self. My work disturbs people and nobody wants to be disturbed They are not fully aware of the effect my work has on them, but they know it is disturbing.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Louise Bourgeois

Look at it this way - a totem pole is just a decorated tree. My work is a confessional.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Louise Bourgeois

It is not so much where my motivation comes from but rather how it manages to survive.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Louise Bourgeois

Surrealism is anathema for me. Because the surrealists made a joke of everything. And I consider life a tragedy.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Louise Bourgeois

Everything I do is inspired by my early life”, Bourgeois’ looked up to her mother who was the most important person in her life for many reasons, ‘Maman’ symbolizes her mother; “The friend, because my best friend was my mother and she was deliberate, clever, patient, soothing, reasonable, dainty, subtle, indispensable, neat, and as useful as a spider.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Louise Bourgeois

I have kept a diary as long as I can remember, and drawings are really another kind of diary.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Louise Bourgeois

For me, sculpture is the body. My body is my sculpture.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Louise Bourgeois

It is not a torment to be an artist. It is a privilege.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Louise Bourgeois

I am not what I am, I am what I do with my hands.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Louise Bourgeois

I work like a bee and feel that I accomplish little.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Louise Bourgeois

Women had to work like slaves in the art world, but a lot of men got to the top through their charm. And it hurt them. To be young and pretty didn't help a woman in the art world, because the social scene, and the buying scene, was in the hands of women - women who had money. They wanted male artists who would come alone and be their charming guests. Rothko could be very charming. It was a court. And the artist buffoons came to the court to entertain, to charm. Now it has changed, now the younger men are in - older women and younger men.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Louise Bourgeois

I am a searcher... I always was... and I still am... searching for the missing piece.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Louise Bourgeois

Once I was beset by anxiety but I pushed the fear away by studying the sky, determining when the moon would come out and where the sun would appear in the morning.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Louise Bourgeois

Artists are born not made. There's nothing you can do for them.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Louise Bourgeois

I am a lonely runner, but I am a long-distance runner.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Louise Bourgeois

A work of art doesn't have to be explained.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Louise Bourgeois

Art is restoration: the idea is to repair the damages that are inflicted in life, to make something that is fragmented - which is what fear and anxiety do to a person - into something whole.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Louise Bourgeois

The spider is an animal who eats mosquitoes. That's why I love the spider - it is the only way we have to deal with these insects.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Louise Bourgeois

Everywhere in the modern world there is neglect, the need to be recognized, which is not satisfied. Art is a way of recognizing oneself, which is why it will always be modern.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Louise Bourgeois

I have been to hell and back, and let me tell you, it was wonderful.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Louise Bourgeois

I was a runaway girl from France who married an American and moved to New York City. Im not sure I would have continued as an artist had I remained in Paris because of the family setup.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Louise Bourgeois

I like Francis Bacon best, because Francis Bacon has terrific problems, and he knows that he is not going to solve them, but he knows also that he can escape from day to day and stay alive, and he does that because his work gives him a kick.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Louise Bourgeois

Everyone should have the right to marry. To make a commitment to love someone forever is a beautiful thing.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Louise Bourgeois

I always had the fear of being separated and abandoned. The sewing is my attempt to keep things together and make things whole.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Louise Bourgeois

It is a great privilege to be able to work with, and I suppose work off, my feelings through sculpture.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Louise Bourgeois

The twentieth-century artist who uses symbols is alienated because the system of symbols is a private one. After you have dealt with the symbols you are still private, you are still lonely, because you are not sure anyone will understand it except yourself. The ransom of privacy is that you are alone.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Louise Bourgeois

A work of art doesn't have to be explained. If you do not have any feeling about this, I cannot explain it to you. If this doesn't touch you, I have failed.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Louise Bourgeois

I was raised a Catholic. But I am not religious. In my work, I am interested in real flesh and blood.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Louise Bourgeois

The subject of pain is the business I am in - to give meaning and shape to frustration and suffering. The existence of pain cannot be denied. I propose no remedies or excuses.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Louise Bourgeois

Art is manipulation without intervention.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Louise Bourgeois

My mother was a restorer, she repaired broken things. I don't do that. I destroy things. I cannot go the straight line. I must destroy, rebuild, destroy again. My rhythm is not the same. My mother moved in a straight line: I go from one extreme to the other.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Louise Bourgeois

Sometimes it is necessary to make a confrontation-and I like that.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Louise Bourgeois

Art is a way of recognizing oneself.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Louise Bourgeois

My knives are like a tongue - I love, I do not love, I hate. If you don’t love me, I am ready to attack. I am a double-edged knife.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Louise Bourgeois

... geometry became a symbol for human relations, except that it was better, because in geometry things never go bad. If certain things occur, if certain lines meet, an angle is born. You cannot fail. It's not going to fail; it is eternal. I found in rules of mathematics a peace and a trust that I could not place in human beings. This sublimation was total and remained total. Thus, I'm able to avoid or manipulate or process pain.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Louise Bourgeois

The feminists took me as a role model, as a mother. It bothers me. I am not interested in being a mother. I am still a girl trying to understand myself.