Louise Bourgeois Stamp of Memories II 1994

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The final evolution of Bourgeois's Sainte Sébastienne took several forms. In both iterations of Stamp of Memory, the figure protects three eggs, representing Bourgeois's sons, hidden in her hair. Bourgeois brands the bodies with monogramed sealing stampsone displaying the initials of her father, Louis Bourgeois, and the other with her own geometric counterpart. Finally, she enlarges the figure to a grand scale and cuts off its head.

Gallery label from Louise Bourgeois: An Unfolding Portrait, Sept. 24, 2017-Jan. 28, 2018.
Version 1 of 2, state XII of XII, variant
Drypoint, with hand additions
plate: 16 3/4 x 9 15/16" (42.6 x 25.3 cm); sheet: 25 3/8 x 17 1/8" (64 x 43.5 cm)
Harlan & Weaver, New York
4 known impressions of version 1 of 2, state XII, outside the edition
Not numbered
Gift of the artist
Object number
© The Easton Foundation/VAGA at ARS, NY
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