Louise Bourgeois

Single II

About this artwork

This oversized, headless hanging figure could appear, on first sight, to be male. However, in the area where the figure’s head should be, Bourgeois has included female genitalia. Male and female bodily forms often coexist in works by Bourgeois. She was interested in the relationship between men and women, but also spoke about the ambiguity of human nature in which different, contradictory traits can be fused together. The arch of the figure relates to imagery Bourgeois created on the theme of hysteria, that can be seen in the print 'Triptych for The Red Room' (1994).

Updated before 2020

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  • artist:
  • title:
    Single II
  • date created:
    1996
  • materials:
    Fabric, hanging piece
  • measurements:
    203.20 x 106.60 x 76.20 cm
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Lent by Artist Rooms Foundation 2011
  • accession number:
    AL00229
  • gallery:
This artwork is part of Artist Rooms
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Louise Bourgeois

Louise Bourgeois