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Cat. No. 602.1

Inner Life

State/Variant:
Version 1 of 2, only state
Date:
1984
Themes:
Abstraction, Animals & Insects, Nature
Techniques:
Lithography
Description:
Photolithograph
Support:
Smooth, wove paper
Dimensions:
composition: 12 3/8 x 8 1/4" (31.5 x 21 cm); sheet: 17 15/16 x 11 3/16" (45 x 28.4 cm)
Signature:
"Louise Bourgeois" lower right margin, pencil.
Publisher:
Galerie Maeght Lelong, Paris
Printer:
Atelier Lelong, Paris
Edition:
100 plus several of A.P. and H.C.
Impression:
"25/100" lower left margin, pencil, unknown hand.
Edition Information:
The publisher was consulted and does not have records of the exact number of signed A.P. and H.C. impressions.

Version 2 of this composition was published in 1985.
Background:
Galerie Maeght Lelong, Paris, issued a signed edition of version 1 in conjunction with the 1984 exhibition "Louise Bourgeois Retrospective 1947-84." The following year, version 2 was issued in an edition with printed signature and was included in the exhibition catalogue, which was released as part of a Galerie Maeght Lelong publication series: "repères: cahiers d'art contemporain, no. 19."

The composition "Sheaves," seen below in Related Works in the Catalogue, was also issued in 2 corresponding editions for the aforementioned exhibition.
Artist’s Remarks:
"This is like a snake plant ... darting from one place to another. It is full of sproutings that point up ... that will start others. It has a fantastic inner life ... ready to spring ... so impetuous and strong, but also erratic ... At the right is a little animal, a yellow jacket. A yellow jacket can smell fear. If it is attacked, or thinks it will be attacked, it will dart." (Quote cited in Wye, Deborah and Carol Smith. "The Prints of Louise Bourgeois." New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 1994, p. 152.)
Former Cat. No.:
W & S 78
MoMA Credit Line:
Gift of the artist
MoMA Accession Number:
258.1992
This Work in Other Collections:
Albertina, Vienna
Rowan University Art Gallery, Sylvia Sleigh Collection, NJ
Spencer Museum of Art, The University of Kansas, Lawrence
Staatliche Graphische Sammlung München in der Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT

Inner Life
1984-1985

Source
1953

NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled (Inner Life). 1953
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Untitled (Inner Life)
Ink on paper
1953

First Version

Published Louise Bourgeois. Inner Life. 1984
Version 1 of 2, only state
1984

Second Version

Published Louise Bourgeois. Inner Life. 1985
Version 2 of 2, only state
1985