Bourgeois created prints as holiday gifts for a circle of friends. The editioned state of "We Love You" was the holiday gift for 2000.
What appears to be selective wiping is actually caused by markings in the plate.
The paper type and sheet dimensions could not be documented because this work is not in MoMA's Collection and could not be examined in person. The plate dimensions are from the editioned impression in MoMA's Collection.
The hand additions in white correction fluid and red ink cover the letter "I," suggesting that the artist started this composition with the phrase "I love you" before deciding to change it to "We love you."
According to Jerry Gorovoy, the artist's assistant, Bourgeois found it very reassuring to declare her affection for her loved ones, and to receive their love in return. In addition to the prints and drawings that demonstrate this, the three untitled 1989 sculptures (seen below in Related Works in Other Mediums) also explore this idea, and show a rare use of text in the artist's sculpture. She also wrote such phrases on surfaces throughout her home. See Related Works in the Other Mediums for images from the artist's home.
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