Louise Bourgeois

Spider

About this artwork

Bourgeois made many sculptures of spiders. She related the idea of this creature with motherhood. In particular, she connected the spider with her own mother who was a needlewoman and manager of the family’s tapestry restoration business. The spider weaves a world from its own body, repairs its web and protects its young. Despite these caring associations, Bourgeois had an ambiguous view of maternity. The mother figure in her world view has the capacity to be ferocious and powerful as well as tender and nurturing. Although the sculpture features a marble egg, held protectively in the body of the spider, its large scale and muscular legs create a threatening presence.

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  • title:
    Spider
  • accession number:
    AL00354
  • artist:
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  • materials:
    Bronze, silver nitrate and brown patina, and granite
  • date created:
    1994
  • measurements:
    274.30 x 457.20 x 378.50 cm
  • credit line:
    ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Lent by the Easton Foundation 2013
  • copyright:
    © The Easton Foundation/Licensed by DACS.
This artwork is part of Artist Rooms

Louise Bourgeois

Louise Bourgeois