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K. ጦ BOURGEOIS, LOUISE (1911– ) Painter, Printmaker, Multimedia Sculptor In a career that has spanned more than 60 years, Louise Bourgeois began as a painter and engraver before achieving prominence as a sculptor. She worked in a variety of mediums that ranged from marble, bronze, and wood to wax, plaster, and latex. Much of her pioneering, controversial, and highly personal work combines aspects of love, eroticism, rejection, alienation, fear, and rage that she sees as permeating the complex world of malefemale relationships.

During her leisure time, Blaine immersed herself in jazz. One of her more arresting abstract paintings, Lester Leaps (1944), currently part the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, was named for a Lester Young jazz recording. In 1943 Blaine married French-horn player Robert Bass; she herself was an amateur jazz drummer. “I think handling the drumsticks affected to this day the way I use paintbrushes,” she once quipped. She also befriended unconventional poets such as John Ashbery and Kenneth Koch and collaborated with them on avant-garde verse/design projects.

Industrious and ambitious, she never complained about toiling for days, and sometimes for months, over a canvas in order to achieve exactly the effect that she desired. For example, The Dancing Lesson (1898) took her a year to complete, and she produced it in an unheated barn in the summer home of the parents of her two young models. When it poured, for weeks at a time, she wore boots and slogged through the puddles so she could continue painting. She even built a wooden platform to keep her sitters dry.

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