Louise Bourgeois

Couple I

About this artwork

Bourgeois used one of her own blouses, and socks and tights to create this stuffed fabric sculpture. It addresses the potentially complex relationship between man and woman; the man is signified by the pin-striped textile, while the woman is identified by a lace collar. Both headless, the figures convey ideas about the physical and emotional connection between the sexes, rather than intellectual aspects of a relationship. The female embraces the man in a gesture that could suggest tenderness, dependency or domination. Images of couples in Bourgeois’ works are often equated with fear of abandonment, loss, and the need for love.

Updated before 2020

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  • artist:
    Louise BourgeoisAmerican (1911 - 2010)
  • title:
    Couple I
  • date created:
    1996
  • materials:
    Fabric, hanging piece
  • measurements:
    203.20 x 68.60 x 71.10 cm
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Lent by Artist Rooms Foundation 2013
  • accession number:
    AL00344
  • gallery:
This artwork is part of Artist Rooms
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Louise Bourgeois

Louise Bourgeois