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Cat. No. 547.1/III, variant 2

Couples

State/Variant:
Version 1 of 2, state III of VII, variant
Date:
2001
Themes:
Figures, Spirals
Techniques:
Drypoint
Description:
Drypoint, with red, blue, and black ink, and pencil additions
Support:
Paper
Dimensions:
plate: 11 7/8 x 9 13/16" (30.1 x 25 cm); sheet: 13 3/4 x 11 1/4" (34.9 x 28.6 cm)
Signature:
"LB" lower right margin, red ink.
Publisher:
unpublished
Printer:
Harlan & Weaver, New York
Edition:
2 known variant impressions of version 1, state III
Impression:
Not numbered
Edition Information:
Proof before the editioning of version 2, only state.
State Changes and Additions:
Matrices:
The progression of version 1, as seen in the Evolving Composition Diagram below, involved 3 plates.

Plate 1: overall composition; printed in black, blue, or red.

Plate 2: details in figures’ hair, faces, and shoes; printed in red.

Plate 3: details in figures’ faces, shading in spirals and in female figures’ hair and shoes, horizon line; printed in red.

State Changes:
Plate 1 printed in black.
Changes from version 1, state II, in drypoint: third, center couple added.
Background:
Version 2 of this composition was published as a benefit for The State Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia to help fund the 2001-02 exhibition "Louise Bourgeois at the Hermitage." It was the first time the work of a living American artist was shown at this venue. Julie Sylvester curated the exhibition and published the print under the imprint, Bermuda Editions. A reproduction of the print (version 1, state IV, variant 1 in the Evolving Composition Diagram, below) formed the cover of a special edition of the exhibition catalogue: Sylvester, Julie and Mikhail Piotrovsky. "Louise Bourgeois at the Hermitage." St. Petersburg: The State Hermitage Museum, 2001.
Curatorial Remarks:
The imagery of wrapped couples in this composition is related to a performance piece Bourgeois created in 1992. At that time, she executed a 178-foot long cloth banner with a red screen-printed text, titled "She Lost It." The text comprises a self-authored parable. (See "She Lost It" below in Related Works in the Catalogue.) On December 5, 1992, the artist orchestrated a multi-part performance in Philadelphia with the banner as the centerpiece. The performance began with the banner fully wrapped around a single performer. Slowly the banner was unwrapped by other performers and re-wrapped around a standing and embracing couple. The parable printed on the banner could be read by the audience as the unwrapping and re-wrapping took place. When the embracing couple was fully wrapped by the banner, it looked very much like one of the "Couples" in this composition.

The plate dimensions of this impression 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 version 1, state VII in MoMA’s Collection (Accession Number: 1437.2012). The sheet dimensions were provided by the Louise Bourgeois Studio.
This Work in Other Collections:
National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC
The State Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia

Couples
2001

Source
1995

NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 139 of 220, from the series, The Insomnia Drawings. 1995
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Untitled, no. 139 of 220, from the series...
Red and blue ink, blue pencil, and pencil
1995

Source
2001

NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Couples. 2001
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Couples
Ink and pencil on tissue paper
2001

First Version

Louise Bourgeois. Couples. 2001
Version 1 of 2, state I of VII, variant
2001
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Couples. 2001
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Version 1 of 2, state I of VII, variant
2001
Louise Bourgeois. Couples. 2001
Version 1 of 2, state II of VII, variant
2001
Louise Bourgeois. Couples. 2001
Version 1 of 2, state II of VII, variant
2001
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Couples. 2001
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Version 1 of 2, state III of VII, variant
2001
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Couples. 2001
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Version 1 of 2, state III of VII, variant
2001
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Couples. 2001
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Version 1 of 2, state IV of VII, variant
2001
Louise Bourgeois. Couples. 2001
Version 1 of 2, state IV of VII, variant
2001
Louise Bourgeois. Couples. 2001
Version 1 of 2, state V of VII, variant
2001
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Couples. 2001
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Version 1 of 2, state V of VII, variant
2001
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Couples. 2001
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Version 1 of 2, state VI of VII
2001
Louise Bourgeois. Couples. 2001
Version 1 of 2, state VII of VII
2001

Second Version

Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Couples. 2001
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Version 2 of 2, only state
2001
Published Louise Bourgeois. Couples. 2001
Version 2 of 2, only state
2001