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Cat. No. 806 (cancellation proof)

Le Père et les 3 Fils

State/Variant:
Only state, cancellation proof
Date:
2005
Descriptive Title:
English translation: "The Father and the 3 Sons"
Themes:
Animals & Insects, Motherhood & Family
Techniques:
Etching
Description:
Soft ground etching, with pencil additions
Support:
Smooth, wove paper
Dimensions:
plate: 55 11/16 × 12 3/8" (141.5 × 31.4 cm; sheet: 21 1/4 × 60" (54 × 152.4 cm)
Signature:
Not signed
Inscription:
"Cancelled" left middle margin, pencil, artist's hand. Verso: "#1" lower center sheet, pencil, artist's hand.
Publisher:
unpublished
Printer:
Wingate Studio, Hinsdale, NH
Edition:
2 known cancellation proofs
Impression:
Not numbered
Edition Information:
This is one of 2 known cancellation proofs. A cancellation proof is included in the Evolving Composition Diagram because there are no known impressions without hand additions. This composition was not issued as a published edition.

There are 3 unique variants of this plate. They all include extensive hand additions and are listed below.

Before settling on the 3 unique variants, Bourgeois first added hand additions to 7 impressions of the plate and called them "studies." (Usually in this catalogue, the term "study" describes photocopies and tracings that were used in the process of developing a composition.) She then combined 3 of these studies into a unique variant triptych titled “Le Père et les 3 Fils.” She issued another study as a unique variant single panel work. The three remaining studies are no longer extant, according to the Louise Bourgeois Studio.

She worked again with this plate to make an additional multi-panel work, titled "Afraid." This work was made from impressions of the plate that were separate from the initial 7 studies described above.

The 3 unique variants are listed below and can be seen in the Evolving Composition Diagram:

"Afraid"
“Le Père et les 3 Fils” (triptych incorporates studies 1, 4, and 7)
“Le Père et les 3 Fils” (study 5)
MoMA Credit Line:
Gift of the artist
MoMA Accession Number:
965.2011

Le Père et les 3 Fils
2005-2007

States

Louise Bourgeois. Le Père et les 3 Fils. 2005
Le Père et les 3 Fils
Only state, cancellation proof
2005

Unique Variants

Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Afraid. 2006
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Afraid
Only state, unique variant
2006
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Le Père et les 3 Fils. 2006
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Le Père et les 3 Fils
Only state, unique variant
2006
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Le Père et les 3 Fils. 2007
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Le Père et les 3 Fils
Only state, unique variant
2007