Louise Bourgeois. Thompson Street. c. 1946

Louise Bourgeois

Thompson Street

c. 1946

State I of IV, variant
Etching and monotype, with selective wiping
plate: 14 7/8 x 7 13/16" (37.8 x 19.8 cm); sheet: 18 7/16 x 13 1/16" (46 x 33.2 cm)
The artist at Atelier 17, New York
2 known impressions of state I
Not numbered
Gift of the artist
Object number
© 2018 The Easton Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, NY
Drawings and Prints
This work is on view on Floor 3, in an Exhibitions Gallery, with 236 other works online.
Louise Bourgeois has 3,094 works  online.
There are 21,549 prints online.

Here Bourgeois employed the soft ground etching technique, which was encouraged at the Atelier 17 print workshop where she made this print. In state III she incorporated fabric to etch a patterned effect onto the surface of her printing plate. Bourgeois said the imagery of this print recalled a prostitute she saw in a doorway on Thompson Street in New York.

Gallery label from Louise Bourgeois: An Unfolding Portrait, Sept. 24, 2017-Jan. 28, 2018

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