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Cat. No. 14, variant 3

Spider

State/Variant:
Only state, variant
Date:
1994
Themes:
Abstraction, Spiders
Techniques:
Aquatint
Description:
Aquatint, with black ink, red ink, and pencil additions
Support:
Smooth, wove Arches paper, mounted on smooth, wove Dieu Donné paperboard
Dimensions:
plate: 6 13/16 x 4 13/16" (17.3 x 12.3 cm); sheet: 14 3/4 x 11" (37.5 x 27.9 cm)
Signature:
"Louise Bourgeois" lower right margin, pencil.
Inscription:
Verso: "Study 1/3" center sheet, pencil, artist's hand.
Publisher:
unpublished
Printer:
Wingate Studio, Hinsdale, NH
Edition:
5 known variant impressions: 3 with hand-drawn spider addition, 2 with aquatint background only
Impression:
"Study 1/3" center verso, pencil, artist's hand.
Edition Information:
Not issued as a published edition.

Very slight variations exist in the delineation of the hand-drawn spider in each of the the three impressions with that addition.
State Changes and Additions:
Additions in pencil: partically erased delineation of a small house at center right.
Background:
The background pattern of this composition is from a plate created in c. 1989 as a technical experiment for Benjamin Shiff, Director of Osiris Editions. Four known impressions were documented in Wye & Smith as B2 with the descriptive title, "Diagonal Drips Across Plate." Two of those impressions are in MoMA's Collection. An additional impression was located with the publisher, making five known impressions in all.

In 1994, the artist added a spider in ink over the compositions of three of the known impressions. Those three impressions were then titled "Spider."
Curatorial Remarks:
This aquatint impression was trimmed to the plate mark and mounted to a board.
Former Cat. No.:
W & S B2
MoMA Credit Line:
Gift of the artist
MoMA Accession Number:
704.2006

Spider
c. 1989-1994

States

Louise Bourgeois. Untitled. c. 1989
Only state, variant
c. 1989
Louise Bourgeois. Untitled. c. 1989
Only state, variant
c. 1989
Louise Bourgeois. Spider. 1994
Only state, variant
1994