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Louise Bourgeois: One of the very best

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Will Gompertz | 10:27 UK time, Tuesday, 1 June 2010

Louise Bourgeois was a good artist, one of the very best. She overcame many difficulties to establish herself among the 20th-Century greats - not least being a woman in a man's world.

The last decade of her life saw her find a new audience with a series of international shows and the installation of Maman, her giant spider at Tate Modern.

Maman

I wrote about encountering her work for the first time in an article for the Guardian in 2008.

Her strength of character was legendary, leading to a refusal to follow the avant garde of any given time; instead she pursued her own ideas and demons. The result is a body of work that is just as significant and important as that of any of her contemporaries - a discovery that future generations will delight in making.

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