Louise Bourgeois

Fallen Woman

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About this artwork

For Bourgeois, the image of the fallen woman had associations with helplessness or failure. The idea first emerged in a painting she made in the 1940s. Returning to the subject in the early 1980s, Bourgeois produced this small sculpture in carved marble, and later cast it in bronze. Without arms or legs, the woman’s body has been turned into a club handle. This image appears threatening but may also suggest immobility and isolation. The ‘fallen woman’ in nineteenth-century Victorian culture was a marginalised figure, the victim of hypocritical moral society, used and abandoned to her fate.

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  • artist:
    Louise BourgeoisAmerican (1911 - 2010)
  • title:
    Fallen Woman
  • date created:
    1981
  • materials:
    Bronze, black and polished patina
  • measurements:
    34.30 x 9.70 x 8.90 cm
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Lent by Artist Rooms Foundation 2013
  • accession number:
    AL00356
  • gallery:
This artwork is part of Artist Rooms
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Louise Bourgeois

Louise Bourgeois