7; plus 2 A.P., and an illustrated book version with an edition of 15 with 3 A.P.
"3/7" center of colophon, black ink, unknown hand.
Lison Editions is a name Bourgeois adopted when she published works herself, late in her life. "Lison" is a nickname she had as a child. The full list of her nicknames is: Lise, Lison, Lisette, Louison, Louisette.
The background of the composition is printed to resemble music paper, which Bourgeois favored for drawings and can be found in her work as far back as the early 1940s. According to her assistant, Jerry Gorovoy, she returned to music paper as a drawing surface in 1994-95, at the time of her "Insomnia Drawings" series, when she listened to music during the night.
This composition is one of twenty-five that constitute a single work of art. All of these compositions are to be exhibited together and in the indicated sequence.
The illustrated book version of "Hours of the Day" preceded the portfolio version. The dimensions of the portfolio are considerably larger than the dimensions of the illustrated book.
The cover and each two-page spread of the illustrated book have corresponding sheets in the portfolio. However, in the spreads of the illustrated book, the compositions are divided into two sections to accommodate the gutter.
The illustrated book and portfolio were created independently using separate digital files; therefore, minor differences occur between the texts. The accents in "Pénélope" and the hyphen between "Oublie" and "la" in no. 18 of the illustrated book do not appear in the corresponding composition in the portfolio.
The text comes from Bourgeois's daybooks, which she kept for each year up until the very last years of her life. She used them for appointments, and also annotated them with short texts and drawings.
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