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Louise Bourgeois

Contemporary Art

Louise Bourgeois is celebrated for sculptures and drawings that powerfully abstract and critically engage the female form. Eyes sheds light on the importance of eyes as visual symbols. The third eye, as seen on Kali, has often been associated with supernatural powers in Indian mythology and continues to appear in contemporary imagery. The act of gazing into numerous eyes might also recall the practice of darshan, a dialectical and spiritual way of looking that considers the object as both image and living being, providing an experience of seeing that informs South Asian culture.

MEDIUM Drypoint on Somerset textured white paper with hand torn deckle edges
DATES 1996
DIMENSIONS Image: 3 15/16 x 9 in. (10 x 22.9 cm) Sheet: 14 1/16 x 14 in. (35.7 x 35.6 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Contemporary Art
CREDIT LINE Gift of the Prints and Photographs Council
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Louise Bourgeois (French–American, 1911–2010). Eyes, 1996. Drypoint on Somerset textured white paper with hand torn deckle edges, Image: 3 15/16 x 9 in. (10 x 22.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Prints and Photographs Council, 1998.106.1. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1998.106.1_SL1.jpg)
EDITION Edition: 1/40 Run of 50 ( 40 in edition, 10 Artist's proofs) (plus 5 personal proofs))
IMAGE overall, 1998.106.1_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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