This evocative book, subtitled "The Woven Life of Louise Bourgeois," is intended for children but is a wonderful introduction to this quirky artist for grown-ups as well. It's charmingly written by Amy Novesky with pictures by Isabelle Arsenault. The illustrations have the fanciful quality of a child's drawings which is not easy to achieve once you are no longer a child yourself.
Bourgeois worked with her mother on the repair and restoration of massive tapestry weavings, which makes the scale of much of her art quite in keeping with her early experiences. Spiders are a common metaphor for fiber artists, though Bourgeois likened drawing to a thread in a spider's web. I was always a little in awe and put off by her giant spider sculptures, but this book offers so many positive and engaging ways of looking at spiders — and Bourgeois' work — that it completely changed my mind.
Given Bourgeois' early textile experiences it is no surprise that she used that medium at various stages in her career and returned to it in later years, creating small fiber works.
The book has an "author's note" at the end that gives a straightforward description of Borgeois' life and career, complete with a photo of her with one of her spider sculptures. And it includes sources of the quotes used in the text so you know these wonderful statements came from Bourgeois herself and not the author. A lovely treat of a book.
The book was published by the children's division of the art publisher, Harry N. Abrams, where you can see the wonderful interior pages of the book on their website.