Louise Bourgeois was born on December 25, 1911 in Paris, France. From a young age, she was surrounded by the art of her parent’s tapestry gallery. During her teenage years, she spent time mending areas of these tapestries which many scholars believe later informed her style of art. She initially studied mathematics but switched to studying art at the Sorbonne in 1932, before graduating in 1935. During her time at school, Bourgeois was instructed by Ferdinand Leger who convinced her to pursue sculpture as opposed to painting. While she did study sculpture, she continued to study painting as well as printmaking. Around this time, Bourgeois opened her own store in Paris specializing in prints. She immigrated to New York City in 1938 where she spent the majority of the remainder of her career and life.