Basque Country, Bizkaia, Bilbao, Guggenheim Museum - Maman (1999) is a sculpture by the artist Louise Bourgeois. The sculpture, which resembles a spider, is amongst the world's largest, measuring over 30 ft high and over 33 ft wide, with a sac containing 26 marble eggs. Its abdomen and thorax are made up of ribbed bronze.
Louise Joséphine Bourgeois (25 December 1911 – 31 May 2010),was a renowned French-American artist and sculptor, best known for her contributions to both modern and contemporary art, and for her spider structures, titled Maman, which resulted in her being nicknamed the Spiderwoman. In 2011 one of her Spider works sold for a new record price for the artist at auction,and the highest price paid for a work by a woman artist. She is recognized today as the founder of confessional art.
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French-American artist and sculptor, Louise Bourgeois' "Maman," 1999 / Its abdomen and thorax are made up of ribbed bronze. In the late 1990s, Bourgeois began using the spider as a central image in her art. The sculpture alludes to the strength of her mother, with metaphors of spinning, weaving, nurture, and protection.
Born: Louise Joséphine Bourgeois 25 December 1911 | Paris, France Died 31 May 2010 (aged 98) New York City, United States Nationality: French-American Education: Sorbonne, Académie de la Grande Chaumière, École du Louvre, École des Beaux-Arts | Known for: Sculpture, installation art, painting | Notable work(s): Cells, Maman, The Destruction of the Father