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Throughout her career, Louise Bourgeois experimented with various methods of representing body fragments in her sculptures. Many of them employ roughly finished marble blocks, with the exquisitely carved figurative elements seamlessly growing from the stone mass. Hands appear frequently among these pieces. As the most important tool of the artist, hands are celebrated in many forms. They are expressive of character and mood, and serve in the process of communication. The two finely carved hands in Décontractée appear in a moving gesture that suggests the relaxation and release that might follow a painful experience.
- Artist: Louise Bourgeois, French-American, 1911-2010
- Medium: Pink marble and steel base
- Dates: 1990
- Dimensions: 28 1/2 x 36 x 23 in. (72.39 x 91.44 x 58.42 cm) (show scale)
- Signature: Signed: "L.B. 90"
- Collections:Contemporary Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in American Identities: A New Look, Making Art: Centennial Era, 5th Floor
- Accession Number: 1994.124
- Credit Line: Purchased with funds given by Harry Kahn, Mrs. Carl L.Selden, the David H. Cogan Foundation, Inc., Contemporary Art Council, gift of Edward A. Bragaline, by exchange, and Mary Smith Dorward Fund
- Rights Statement: © artist or artist's estate
- Caption: Louise Bourgeois (French-American, 1911-2010). Décontractée, 1990. Pink marble and steel base, 28 1/2 x 36 x 23 in. (72.39 x 91.44 x 58.42 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchased with funds given by Harry Kahn, Mrs. Carl L.Selden, the David H. Cogan Foundation, Inc., Contemporary Art Council, gift of Edward A. Bragaline, by exchange, and Mary Smith Dorward Fund, 1994.124. © artist or artist's estate
- Record Completeness: Best (83%)