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Cat. No. 324.1/VI

Self Portrait

State/Variant:
Version 1 of 3, state VI of VIII
Date:
2006
Themes:
Animals & Insects, Faces & Portraits
Techniques:
Aquatint, Drypoint, Engraving, Etching
Description:
Aquatint, drypoint, etching, and engraving
Support:
Smooth, wove paper
Dimensions:
plate: 10 7/8 x 13 7/8" (27.7 x 35.3 cm); sheet: 11 3/16 x 14 5/8" (28.4 x 37.2 cm)
Signature:
Not signed
Publisher:
unpublished
Printer:
Harlan & Weaver, New York
Edition:
1 known impression of version 1, state VI
Impression:
Not numbered
Edition Information:
Proof after the edition of version 1, state I, and before the editions of version 2, state VIII, on paper and fabric.
State Changes and Additions:
Changes from state V in etching: fur added by burnishing.
Changes from state V in engraving: fur added.
Background:
Version 1, state I, of this print was published, untitled, by the American Art Award, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and Coach, Inc., New York. The publishers commissioned the work on the occasion of the Whitney's 2006 American Art Award, which was sponsored by Coach. The Whitney commissions an artwork each year to serve as the award to individuals or organizations recognized for sustained commitment to American artistic and cultural heritage. The honoree in 2006, the year of Bourgeois's commission, was Terry J. Lundgren, CEO, Chairman of the Board, and President of Macy's, Inc., Cincinnati, Ohio. Each of the editioned impressions, numbered I/IV-IV/IV, went to the Whitney Museum, the honoree, the sponsor, and the artist.

Bourgeois continued to work with the composition in second and third versions, titling the print "Self Portrait." In 2007, Harlan & Weaver, New York, published version 2, state VIII, in editions on paper and on fabric. Version 3 was not published.

Cats are a significant theme throughout Bourgeois's work. Bourgeois kept pet cats, named Champfleurette and Tyger, at her home in New York. While growing up in France, her family had pet cats and dogs, as well.
Artist’s Remarks:
"The five legged creature represents my family. I grew up in a family of five in France and also raised a family of five of my own in New York. My five legged animal is personal; it is a self portrait of my obligations. The idea of the family that stands together is very important to me." (The Easton Foundation: LBQ-0001, 2007)
Curatorial Remarks:
The paper sheet has minor surface layer tearing in the lower left and right lower margin.

A pouch merchandise item was made from an image of version 2, state VIII of this composition.
MoMA Credit Line:
Gift of the artist
MoMA Accession Number:
1542.2012
This Work in Other Collections:
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

Self Portrait
2006-2007

Source
2006

NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Self Portrait. 2006
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Self Portrait
Ink and pencil on paper
2006

First Version

Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled. 2006
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Untitled
Version 1 of 3, state I of VIII
2006
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled. 2006
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Untitled
Version 1 of 3, state I of VIII
2006
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled. 2006
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Untitled
Version 1 of 3, state I of VIII
2006
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled. 2006
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Untitled
Version 1 of 3, state I of VIII
2006
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled. 2006
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Untitled
Version 1 of 3, state I of VIII
2006
Louise Bourgeois. Self Portrait. 2006
Self Portrait
Version 1 of 3, state II of VIII
2006
Louise Bourgeois. Self Portrait. 2006
Self Portrait
Version 1 of 3, state III of VIII
2006
Louise Bourgeois. Self Portrait. 2006
Self Portrait
Version 1 of 3, state IV of VIII
2006
Louise Bourgeois. Self Portrait. 2006
Self Portrait
Version 1 of 3, state V of VIII
2006
Louise Bourgeois. Self Portrait. 2006
Self Portrait
Version 1 of 3, state VI of VIII
2006
Louise Bourgeois. Self Portrait. 2006
Self Portrait
Version 1 of 3, state VII of VIII
2006
Louise Bourgeois. Self Portrait. 2006
Self Portrait
Version 1 of 3, state VIII of VIII
2006

Second Version

Louise Bourgeois. Self Portrait. 2006
Self Portrait
Version 2 of 3, state I of VIII
2006
Louise Bourgeois. Self Portrait. 2006
Self Portrait
Version 2 of 3, state II of VIII
2006
Louise Bourgeois. Self Portrait. 2006
Self Portrait
Version 2 of 3, state III of VIII
2006
Louise Bourgeois. Self Portrait. 2006
Self Portrait
Version 2 of 3, state IV of VIII
2006
Louise Bourgeois. Self Portrait. 2006
Self Portrait
Version 2 of 3, state V of VIII
2006
Louise Bourgeois. Self Portrait. 2006
Self Portrait
Version 2 of 3, state VI of VIII
2006
Louise Bourgeois. Self Portrait. 2006
Self Portrait
Version 2 of 3, state VII of VIII
2006
Louise Bourgeois. Self Portrait. 2006
Self Portrait
Version 2 of 3, state VIII of VIII, variant
2006
Published Louise Bourgeois. Self Portrait. 2007
Self Portrait
Version 2 of 3, state VIII of VIII
2007
Published Louise Bourgeois. Self Portrait. 2007
Self Portrait
Version 2 of 3, state VIII of VIII
2007
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Self Portrait. 2007
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Self Portrait
Version 2 of 3, state VIII of VIII
2007
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Self Portrait. 2007
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Self Portrait
Version 2 of 3, state VIII of VIII
2007
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Self Portrait. 2007
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Self Portrait
Version 2 of 3, state VIII of VIII
2007
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Self Portrait. 2007
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Self Portrait
Version 2 of 3, state VIII of VIII
2007

Third Version

Louise Bourgeois. Self Portrait. 2006
Self Portrait
Version 3 of 3, only state
2006