Louise Bourgeois. Thompson Street. 1948

Louise Bourgeois Thompson Street 1948

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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.
State III of IV
Etching, engraving, and monotype, with selective wiping
plate: 14 7/8 x 7 13/16" (37.8 x 19.9 cm); sheet: 18 1/2 × 13" (47 × 33 cm)
The artist at Atelier 17, New York
1 known impression of state III
Not numbered
Gift of the artist
Object number
© The Easton Foundation/VAGA at ARS, NY
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