Louise Bourgeois (1911–2010) was born in Paris, the middle child of three children. The family lived on Boulevard Saint Germain, where they sold restored antique tapestries. Bourgeois’s father was drafted to fight in World War I and was wounded in 1916. Her mother contracted the Spanish flu a few years later and died in 1932. This prompted Bourgeois to switch from studying maths to pursuing art instead. She studied in several academies and ateliers, including the studio of Fernand Leger. She married the American art historian Robert Goldwater in 1938 and they moved to New York, where she attended classes at the Art Students’ League.
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