Louise Bourgeois

10 am is When You Come to Me

About this artwork

Hands feature in many works by Bourgeois, often as a symbol of dependence. Here, Bourgeois traced her own and those of her assistant and confidant, Jerry Gorovoy, to create a portrait of their friendship. Gorovoy worked with Bourgeois for thirty years; their day together would begin at 10 am. Bourgeois once commented: "When you are at the bottom of a well you look around and you say, who is going to get me out? In this case, Jerry comes and presents a rope." This is one of 10 unique versions Bourgeois made; a larger version with forty sheets also exists.

Updated before 2020

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  • artist:
  • title:
    10 am is When You Come to Me
  • date created:
    2006
  • materials:
    20 etchings with watercolour, pencil and gouache on paper
  • measurements:
    image, each: 38.00 x 91.00 cm (framed, each:47.80 x 100.60 x 3.80 cm)
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Lent by Artist Rooms Foundation 2013
  • accession number:
    AL00345
  • gallery:
This artwork is part of Artist Rooms
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Louise Bourgeois

Louise Bourgeois