Matrices: The progression of this composition, as seen in the Evolving Composition Diagram below, involved 5 blocks and 10 colors.
Block 1: lower cabinet, horizontal lines on floor, thin vertical lines at upper left and upper right.
Block 2: floor, cabinet counter top, background patterns in upper left half.
Block 3: irregular shapes in upper left.
Block 4: background surface of upper half and lower center.
Block 5: rows of shapes in top portion of cabinet.
State Changes and Additions:
Block 5 printed in red, over block 1 printed in black, over block 2 printed in rose, over block 4 printed in turquoise. Changes from state I: blocks 4 and 5 added; block 3 removed. Change from state I, in block 1: horizontal lines on floor reformed. Change from state I, in block 2: horizontal line in center right composition added and printed over by block 1.
This composition was previously catalogued as a linoleum cut, but the Louise Bourgeois Studio discovered some of the blocks that were used to create this woodcut on the back of an oil painting on wood titled "Connecticutiana" from 1944-1945. See below in Related Works in Other Mediums.
In 1941, Bourgeois and her family purchased a small country house in Easton, Connecticut, which remains in the family. The cupboard depicted in this woodcut was a notable piece of furniture in that house. For Bourgeois, the cupboard represented the shortages of wartime and the need to store food. "To see all those jars was comforting," she remembered later. "People had to keep jars of food because they didn't have refrigeration. It was just the beginning of refrigeration." The alternate title "Coeur de Chêne" refers to the oak from which the cabinet was made. Bourgeois remarked: "The wood was cut from the center and that part is of the highest quality." (Quotes cited in Wye, Deborah and Carol Smith. "The Prints of Louise Bourgeois." New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 1994, p. 46.)
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