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LOUISE BOURGEOIS: COMPLETE BOOKS & PRINTS

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Cat. No. 731.2, variant 2

We Love You

State/Variant:
Version 2 of 2, only state, variant
Date:
1992
Themes:
Words
Techniques:
Drypoint
Description:
Drypoint, with puncture additions
Support:
Smooth, wove paper
Dimensions:
plate: 12 15/16 × 19 15/16" (32.8 × 50.6 cm); sheet: 20 13/16 × 29 15/16" (52.9 × 76 cm)
Signature:
Not signed
Publisher:
unpublished
Printer:
Harlan & Weaver, New York
Edition:
2 known variant impressions of version 2
Impression:
Not numbered
Edition Information:
Not issued as a published edition in either version.
State Changes and Additions:
Changes from version 1: verso of plate used in version 1 printed.
Puncture additions: sheet pierced along the contours of several letters.
Background:
The plate initially had painted letters, which Bourgeois punched out with a hammer and nails. The artist employed a similar technique in the print compositions “Tornado,” 1992, and “merci. mercy.,” 1991-1992, seen in Related Works in the Catalogue below.

Bourgeois printed impressions from both sides of the plate. The version 1 impressions were pulled from the front of the plate and the version 2 impression was pulled from the back of the plate.

This composition was initially considered as a benefit print for Documenta IX, 1992, but rejected by Bourgeois because of corrosion on the plate. "merci. mercy." was submitted instead.
Artist’s Remarks:
"I did this for someone. I sent two pieces of metal... one was inscribed... one was empty... and I sent a hammer. It was a little push... an invitation to him... it was my way of saying 'we love you.'" (Quote cited in Wye, Deborah and Carol Smith. “The Prints of Louise Bourgeois.” New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 1994, p. 207.)
Other Remarks:
According to Jerry Gorovoy, the artist's assistant, Bourgeois found it very reassuring to declare her affection for her loved ones, and to receive their love in return. In addition to the prints and drawings that demonstrate this, the three untitled 1989 sculptures (seen below in Related Works in Other Mediums) also explore this idea, and show a rare use of text in the artist's sculpture.
Former Cat. No.:
W & S 122.2
MoMA Credit Line:
Gift of the artist
MoMA Accession Number:
623.1993

We Love You
1992

Source
1987

NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. We Love You. 1987
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION We Love You
Holes punctured in metal
1987

Source
1992

NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. We Love You. 1992
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION We Love You
Pencil on graph paper
1992

Matrix

Louise Bourgeois. Untitled (Copper Plate for We Love You). 1992
1992

First Version

Louise Bourgeois. We Love You. 1992
Version 1 of 2, only state
1992
Louise Bourgeois. We Love You. 1992
Version 1 of 2, only state, variant
1992

Second Version

Louise Bourgeois. We Love You. 1992
Version 2 of 2, only state, variant
1992
Louise Bourgeois. We Love You. 1992
Version 2 of 2, only state, variant
1992