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LOUISE BOURGEOIS: COMPLETE BOOKS & PRINTS

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Cat. No. 634/V

Papiers Dans le Vent

State/Variant:
State V of V
Date:
c. 1948
Descriptive Title:
English translation: "Papers Fluttering in the Wind"
Themes:
Abstraction, Nature
Techniques:
Drypoint, Engraving
Description:
Engraving and drypoint, with scorper
Support:
Smooth, wove paper
Dimensions:
plate: 6 15/16 x 3 1/16" (17.6 x 7.7cm); sheet: 8 15/16 × 6 11/16" (22.7 × 17 cm)
Signature:
"Louise Bourgeois" lower right margin, black ink.
Inscription:
"1 print colour first / 2 cut out spot of colour cover it / 3 print black" lower left to lower right margin, pencil. Verso: "papiers / dans le / vent / 3x7 / flottant 2 [crossed out] / 9 [circled]" center sheet, pencil, artist's hand.
Publisher:
unpublished
Printer:
The artist at Atelier 17, New York
Edition:
1 known impression of state V
Impression:
Not numbered
Edition Information:
Not issued as a published edition at any state.
State Changes and Additions:
Changes from state IV, in engraving: crescent second from top filled with curving lines; large center crescent further delineated.
Artist’s Remarks:
This is about "germination" and the "serenity of the pregnant woman... This is a happy mood... I have lots of friends. But, later, the black mood will come... I do not deserve to be happy... to be a mother. I do not deserve friends." (Quote cited in Wye, Deborah and Carol Smith. “The Prints of Louise Bourgeois.” New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 1994, p. 124.)
Curatorial Remarks:
In the second half of the 1940s, Bourgeois spent time at Atelier 17, the print workshop of Stanley William Hayter. The workshop had transferred operations from Paris to New York during the war years. It is not known precisely which prints she made at the workshop since she also worked at home on a small press. The designation of “the artist at Atelier 17” as printer means that the impression was likely made at the workshop. The designation is based on dates, inscriptions, techniques favored at Atelier 17, and/or stylistic similarities to images in the illustrated book “He Disappeared into Complete Silence,” which the artist repeatedly cited as having been made at Atelier 17. It is also possible that Bourgeois worked on certain plates both at home and at the workshop, or pulled impressions at both places.
Former Cat. No.:
W & S 54
MoMA Credit Line:
Gift of the artist
MoMA Accession Number:
457.1993

Papiers Dans le Vent
c. 1948

States

Louise Bourgeois. Papiers Dans le Vent. c. 1948
State I of V
c. 1948
Louise Bourgeois. Papiers Dans le Vent. c. 1948
State II (right) and III (left) of V
c. 1948
Louise Bourgeois. Papiers Dans le Vent. c. 1948
State IV of V
c. 1948
Louise Bourgeois. Papiers Dans le Vent. c. 1948
State V of V
c. 1948