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LOUISE BOURGEOIS: COMPLETE BOOKS & PRINTS

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Cat. No. 1012, unique variant 1

Les Oiseaux 1

State/Variant:
Only state, unique variant
Date:
2009
Descriptive Title:
English translation: "The Birds"
Themes:
Animals & Insects, Words
Techniques:
Aquatint
Description:
Aquatint, with blue and white gouache, and blue and red watercolor additions
Support:
Smooth, wove Arches paper
Dimensions:
plate: 49 7/8 × 35 3/4" (126.7 × 90.8 cm); sheet: 56 1/4 × 39 1/4" (142.9 × 99.7 cm)
Signature:
"LB / Louise Bourgeois" lower right comp., pencil.
Publisher:
Osiris, New York
Printer:
Wingate Studio, Hinsdale, NH
Edition:
Unique
Impression:
Verso: "les oiseaux / #1" lower center sheet, pencil, artist's hand.
Edition Information:
"Les Oiseaux" was published as 3 unique variants, each with varying hand additions. The inking of the plate also varies from impression to impression. For comparison, see the Evolving Composition Diagram below.
Curatorial Remarks:
By examining the cancellation proof, it was determined that the word "Rouges" was etched in the lower center composition under "oiseaux." In this impression, hand additions obscure most of the word. In the other impressions of this composition, the word was not inked at all.

"Les Oiseaux Rouges" is the title of a film by Brigitte Cornand, a French filmmaker who worked closely with Bourgeois in the last years of her life.

Les Oiseaux
2009

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Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Les Oiseaux 1. 2009
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Only state, unique variant
2009
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Les Oiseaux 2. 2009
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Only state, unique variant
2009
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Les Oiseaux 3. 2009
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Only state, unique variant
2009