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Cat. No. 730/I, variant 2

merci. mercy.

State/Variant:
State I of III, variant
Date:
1992
Themes:
Words
Techniques:
Drypoint
Description:
Drypoint, with black ink and puncture hole additions
Support:
Smooth, wove paper
Dimensions:
plate: 17 3/4 x 27 3/8" (45.1 x 69.6 cm); sheet: 20 3/4 × 28 1/2" (52.7 × 72.4 cm)
Signature:
Not signed
Publisher:
unpublished
Printer:
Harlan & Weaver, New York
Edition:
2 known impressions of state I
Impression:
Not numbered
Edition Information:
Proof before the editioning of state III.
State Changes and Additions:
Additions by puncture: holes through sheet added in many indentations, throughout several letters.
Background:
State III of this composition was published as a benefit for Documenta IX, 1992.

Bourgeois created this plate by hammering a nail through thin roofing copper.

The artist employed a similar technique in the print compositions “Tornado,” 1991-1992, and “We Love You,” 1992, seen in Related Works in the Catalogue below.
Artist’s Remarks:
"I want much more than thank you... I want forgiveness... I ask for mercy. Who is at fault? Who is the culprit? Is it you, or is it me? I would rather make it my trouble... then I could take care of it... I could become active instead of passive." (Quote cited in Wye, Deborah and Carol Smith. “The Prints of Louise Bourgeois.” New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 1994, p. 209.)
Curatorial Remarks:
According to printer Felix Harlan of Harlan & Weaver, the runny effect seen in this impression was accidental. The hammered plate was experimental and required tests using varying amounts of pressure on the plate as well as varying ink viscosity.
Former Cat. No.:
W & S 123
MoMA Credit Line:
Gift of the artist
MoMA Accession Number:
633.1993
This Work in Other Collections:
National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC

merci. mercy.
1992

Source
1992

NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Merci Mercy. 1992
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Merci Mercy
Ink and pencil on paper
1992

States

Louise Bourgeois. merci. mercy. 1992
State I of III
1992
Louise Bourgeois. merci. mercy. 1992
State I of III, variant
1992
Louise Bourgeois. merci. mercy. 1992
State II of III
1992
Published Louise Bourgeois. merci. mercy. 1992
State III of III
1992