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Cat. No. 609.2, variant

Merci Crime

State/Variant:
Version 2 of 2, only state, variant
Date:
1997
Themes:
Words
Techniques:
Aquatint
Description:
Aquatint, with white correction fluid additions
Support:
Paper
Dimensions:
plate: 19 7/8 × 15 7/8" (50.5 × 40.3 cm); sheet: 24 × 20" (61 × 50.8 cm)
Signature:
"LB" lower right margin, pencil.
Publisher:
unpublished
Printer:
Harlan & Weaver, New York
Edition:
2 known impressions of version 2
Impression:
Not numbered
Edition Information:
Not issued as a published edition at any state.
State Changes and Additions:
Changes from version 1: composition transferred to a new matrix, in aquatint.
Artist’s Remarks:
Inscribed on the verso of the source painting: "Pour / Hubbeltje-bubbeltje"
Curatorial Remarks:
The type of paper could not be documented because this impression is not in MoMA's Collection and could not be examined in person. The plate dimensions are from the impression of version 2 in MoMA’s Collection. The sheet dimensions were provided by the Louise Bourgeois Studio.
Other Remarks:
According to Felix Harlan of Harlan & Weaver, this composition was created using an experimental combination of printmaking techniques. First, the source painting was photographed and transferred to a silkscreen. Second, the image was silkscreened onto a copper plate using a sugar lift solution. Then the plate was processed as a traditional sugar lift aquatint.

Merci Crime
1994

Source
1994

NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Merci Crime. 1994
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Merci Crime
Oil on board
1994

First version

Louise Bourgeois. Merci Crime. 1994
Version 1 of 2, only state, variant
1994
Louise Bourgeois. Merci Crime. 1994
Version 1 of 2, only state, variant
1994

Second version

Louise Bourgeois. Merci Crime. 1994
Version 2 of 2, only state
1994
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Merci Crime. 1997
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Version 2 of 2, only state, variant
1997