JOSEF HELFENSTEIN, Director of the Kunstmuseum Basel, authored the Paul Klee: Catalogue Raisonée and has written extensively on the work of Louise Bourgeois, among other modern and contemporary subjects. (This is a slightly revised version of an entry first published in Louise Bourgeois, The Locus of Memory, Works 1982 ? 1993, Brooklyn Museum, New York 1994).
Inspiration and ObsessionBy Josef Helfenstein
In general, drawing is regarded as a medium of artistic spontaneity and directness. It is the art form that most clearly reflects the immediacy of psychic expression. The drawings of Louise Bourgeois possess these qualities to an unusual extent, but there is far more to them than that.