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10 Quotes that Prove Louise Bourgeois Was a Lady Boss
"Every day you have to abandon your past or accept it"
Gorgeous Listicles 16 Jul 2019

Louise Bourgeois 1982, printed 1991 Robert Mapplethorpe 1946-1989 ARTIST ROOMS Acquired jointly with the National Galleries of Scotland through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/AR00215

“To be an artist, you need to exist in a world of silence.”

 

“It is not so much where my motivation comes from but rather how it manages to survive.”

 

“An artist can show things that other people are terrified of expressing.”

 

“The spider is a repairer. If you bash into the web of a spider, she doesn’t get mad. She weaves and repairs it.”

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“I am not what I am, I am what I do with my hands…”

 

“The colour blue – that is my colour – and the colour blue means you have left the drabness of day-to-day reality to be transported into – not a world of fantasy, it’s not a world of fantasy – but a world of freedom where you can say what you like and what you don’t like. This has been expressed forever by the colour blue, which is really sky blue.”

 

“You learn for yourself not for others, not to show off, not to put the other one down/ learning is your secret, it is all you have, it is the only thing you can call your own. nobody can take it away…”

 

“My knives are like a tongue – I love, I do not love, I hate. If you don’t love me, I am ready to attack. I am a double-edged knife.”

 

“There are many realities.”

 

“And what’s the use of talking, if you already know that others don’t feel what you feel?”

 

“Every day you have to abandon your past or accept it, and then, if you cannot accept it, you become a sculptor.”

 

“He was the wolf, and she was the rational hare, forgiving and accepting him as he was.”

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Text by Nadja Sayej
Images via Tate, Smithsonian Magazine, and CR Fashion Book

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