Louise Bourgeois He Disappeared into Complete Silence, first edition, example 1 1947

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This volume reflects both the visual and literary aspects of Bourgeois's imagination. It was created in the period immediately before she transitioned to sculpture with wood totems that recall the imagery in several of these illustrations. This small book took quite an effort to produce, and Bourgeois hoped its distribution would make her work better known. Though celebrated now, it was not initially a success. She did not complete the edition until decades later.

Gallery label from Louise Bourgeois: An Unfolding Portrait, Sept. 24, 2017-Jan. 28, 2018
Author
the artist
Medium
Illustrated book with 9 compositions: all engravings, 1 with drypoint, 1 with drypoint and scorper
Dimensions
overall: 11 x 7 11/16 x 9/16" (28 x 19.5 x 1.5 cm); page (each): 9 13/16 x 7" (25 x 17.8 cm). Plate sizes vary throughout book. See individual plates.
Publisher
the artist
Printer
The artist at Atelier 17, New York
Credit
Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Fund
Object number
313.1947.1-9
Copyright
© 2018 The Easton Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, NY
Type
Illustrated Book
Department
Drawings and Prints