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LOUISE BOURGEOIS: COMPLETE BOOKS & PRINTS

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Cat. No. 605, variant 3

St. Sebastian

State/Variant:
Only state, variant
Date:
c. 1990
Alternate Title:
The Pins
Themes:
Abstraction
Techniques:
Engraving
Description:
Engraving
Support:
Paper
Dimensions:
plate: 5 3/4 x 8" (14.6 x 20.3 cm)
Signature:
Not signed
Inscription:
"Let us exorcise the demanding guppy—stop begging please, / you are killing / me. / you kill me. [strikethrough]" lower left to lower right margin, pencil, artist's hand; "PINS" lower right margin, pencil, artist's hand. Verso: "irritation to the N degree" lower left sheet, pencil, artist's hand.
Publisher:
unpublished
Printer:
Gravure, New York
Edition:
7 known impressions of the only state
Impression:
Not numbered
Edition Information:
Not issued as a published edition.
Curatorial Remarks:
Given the nature of Bourgeois's print practice during the early 1990s, it is most likely that the artist engraved this composition with the French printer Christian Guérin of Gravure, New York.

According to Felix Harlan and Carol Weaver, of Harlan & Weaver, New York, it is also possible that the composition was engraved at Gravure and printed at a later date with Harlan & Weaver.

Bourgeois admired the printing facilities of the Gravure workshop and also felt a personal rapport with the owner and master printer, Christian Guérin. Guérin helped the artist develop plates for several important projects in the early 1990s.

The paper type and sheet size could not be documented because this work is not in MoMA's Collection and could not be examined in person. The plate dimensions were provided by the Louise Bourgeois Studio.

St. Sebastian
c. 1990

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Louise Bourgeois. St. Sebastian. c. 1990
Only state, variant
c. 1990
Louise Bourgeois. St. Sebastian. c. 1990
Only state, variant
c. 1990
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. St. Sebastian. c. 1990
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Only state, variant
c. 1990