Louise Bourgeois

Maman

1999, cast 2003
The extraordinary career of Louise Bourgeois has spanned close to eight decades and been associated with many major movements of the twentieth century, including Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, Minimalism and Feminism. Bourgeois' singular, and often autobiographical artistic vision transcends the personal to portray archetypal themes relating to the human condition. Inspired by the artist's own mother, a tapestry restorer, "Maman" the giant egg-carrying spider, is a nurturing and protective symbol of fertility and motherhood, shelter and the home. With its monumental and terrifying scale, however, "Maman" also betrays this maternal trust to incite a mixture of fear and curiosity.
Title
Maman
Date
1999, cast 2003
Medium
Sculpture
Materials
bronze, stainless steel, and marble
Dimensions
927 x 891 x 1024 cm
Nationality
American
Credit line
Purchased 2004
Accession number
41429