U.S. sculptor Louise Bourgeois dies at 98 (2)

13:29, June 01, 2010      

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Among the honors coming to her were a National Medal of Arts, awarded by President Clinton in 1997. In October, she was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, N.Y.

Among her most familiar sculptures was the much-exhibited “Nature Study” (1984), a headless sphinx with powerful claws and multiple breasts.

Her spider sculptures -- some of which are three storeys high -- have been exhibited around the world.

She moved to New York in 1938 after marrying the American art historian Robert Goldwater and became an American citizen in 1955.

She said her main inspiration came from her childhood in France. Her practical and affectionate mother, who was an invalid, was a positive influence, while his father, domineering in disposition, had a 10-year affair with her English governess, which instilled a resentment and an insecurity that Bourgeois never laid to rest.

Source: Xinhua/Agencies
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