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Cat. No. 425/II, variant

Easton

State/Variant:
State II of III, variant
Date:
c. 1941
Alternate Title:
Summer II; Interior #4; Easton Serving
Themes:
Architecture, Figures, Objects
Techniques:
Drypoint
Description:
Drypoint
Support:
Smooth, wove paper
Dimensions:
plate: 7 1/2 x 5" (19.1 x 12.8 cm); sheet: 13 1/16 x 9 15/16" (33 x 25.3 cm)
Signature:
"L. Bourgeois" lower right margin, pencil.
Inscription:
"Summer II" lower left margin, pencil, artist's hand.

The alternate titles are derived from this impression's inscriptions and inscriptions on other known impressions of this composition, all in the artist's hand.
Publisher:
unpublished
Printer:
The artist
Edition:
3 known impressions of state II
Impression:
Not numbered
Edition Information:
Not issued as a published edition at any state.

The third known impression of state II is not in MoMA's Collection and is not reproduced here.
State Changes and Additions:
Changes from state I, in drypoint: dress neckline altered; topknot added to hair; breast added to figure; figure's far arm further articulated; shading lines added to curtain in center composition; hatch marks added to tablecloth in lower center to lower right composition.
Artist’s Remarks:
"This is the house in Easton, with its dining room window opening out," Bourgeois said, referring to her family's country house in Connecticut. "This was to show how nice the house was, and to show how perfect a hostess I could be. I am very pleased.... This scene is very loving." (Quote cited in Wye, Deborah and Carol Smith. "The Prints of Louise Bourgeois." New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 1994, p. 60.)
Curatorial Remarks:
Although some impressions of this composition are dated 1940, Bourgeois and her family purchased the house in Easton in 1941, so a circa 1941 date is given here.
Former Cat. No.:
W & S 19
MoMA Credit Line:
Gift of the artist
MoMA Accession Number:
123.1990.2

Easton
c. 1941

States

Louise Bourgeois. Easton. c. 1941
State I of III
c. 1941
Louise Bourgeois. Easton. c. 1941
State II of III, variant
c. 1941
Louise Bourgeois. Easton. c. 1941
State II of III, variant
c. 1941
Louise Bourgeois. Easton. c. 1941
State III of III
c. 1941