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Cat. No. 774, unique variant 4, in 1258

Untitled, no. 4 of 4, from the series, Have a Little Courage

State/Variant:
Only state, unique variant
Date:
2009
Series:
Have a Little Courage (View All)
Themes:
Abstraction, Nature
Techniques:
Etching
Description:
panel (a): Soft ground etching, with blue and white gouache and watercolor, and pencil additions
panel (b): Pencil
Support:
Smooth, wove handmade paper
Dimensions:
plate (in 2 vertical parts) (overall): 60 1/4 × 31 3/4" (153 × 80.7 cm); sheet: 59 3/4 × 55 3/4" (151.8 × 141.6 cm)
Signature:
panel (b): "LB" right lower sheet, pencil.
Inscription:
panel (b): "Watch out / and / have a little / courage" center sheet, pencil, artist's hand.
Publisher:
Osiris, New York
Printer:
Wingate Studio, Hinsdale, NH
Edition:
Unique
Impression:
Not numbered
Edition Information:
This is one of 5 unique variants that incorporate this plate. They all include extensive hand additions and are listed below:

See Evolving Composition Diagram:
"Le Père Déchu"
"Turning Inwards (#1)"
"Le Coeur Est Là (Turning Inwards #2)"
Untitled, no. 4 of 4, from the series, "Have a Little Courage"
Untitled, no. 3 of 3, from the series, "The Voice Says Yes"

About the "Turning Inwards" edition:
Within the edition, selective wiping varies significantly from impression to impression. (See two examples in the Evolving Composition Diagram below.) Paper type varies slightly as well. There is 1 known variant impression of the only state, outside the edition. There are 2 known cancellation proofs, each with a large “X” drawn across the composition from each corner of the plate.
Background:
Benjamin Shiff, the director of the Osiris imprint, collaborated with Bourgeois in a highly experimental phase of printmaking that occupied the last years of her life, from 2005 to 2010. He first established a working relationship with the artist in the 1990s, but the late period is particularly noteworthy for the innovative and complex large-scale projects that evolved at that time. Shiff made use of professional workshops for printing, but he oversaw the creation of the printing plates as Bourgeois worked on them in her home studio. He also provided assistance as she added extensive hand additions and texts, and as she combined individual compositions into multi-panel works and illustrated books.
Installation Remarks:
This composition is one of 4 that constitute a single work of art. All of the compositions are to be exhibited together in the indicated sequence.
Curatorial Remarks:
The plate dimensions are from the impression in MoMA's Collection. The sheet dimensions were provided by the Louise Bourgeois Studio.

Turning Inwards
2008-2009

States

Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Turning Inwards. 2008
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Turning Inwards
Only state, variant
2008
Published Louise Bourgeois. Turning Inwards. 2008
Turning Inwards
Only state
2008
Published Louise Bourgeois. Turning Inwards. 2008
Turning Inwards
Only state
2008

Unique Variants

Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Le Père Déchu. 2008
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Le Père Déchu
Only state, unique variant
2008
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Turning Inwards (#1). 2008
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Turning Inwards (#1)
Only state, unique variant
2008
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Le Coeur Est Là (Turning Inwards #2). 2008
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Le Coeur Est Là (Turning Inwards #2)
Only state, unique variant
2008
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 4 of 4, from the series, Have a Little Courage. 2009
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Untitled, no. 4 of 4, from the series, Have a Little Courage
Only state, unique variant
2009
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 3 of 3, from the series, The Voice Says Yes. 2009
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Untitled, no. 3 of 3, from the series, The Voice Says Yes
Only state, unique variant
2009

Series
2009

NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Have a Little Courage. 2009
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Have a Little Courage
2009
More About This Work

Series
2009

NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. The Voice Says Yes. 2009
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION The Voice Says Yes
2009
More About This Work

Louise Bourgeois,

Have a Little Courage,

New York, Osiris, 2009

Bourgeois's entire text for this series appears on the panels cited below.

No. 1:
Dizzy
Spells
étourdi

No. 2:
Beheaded
jilted
unprotected

slipped
and
could not get up.

No. 3:
when fear
becomes conscious

No. 4:
Watch out
and
have a little
Courage