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Cat. No. 489, unique variant 8, in 1252

Untitled, no. 1 of 5, from the series, The Vocabulary of Seduction

State/Variant:
Only state, unique variant
Date:
2007
Series:
The Vocabulary of Seduction (View All)
Alternate Title:
Leaves
Themes:
Fabric Works, Nature
Techniques:
Etching
Description:
panel (a): Soft ground etching
panel (b): Soft ground etching, with hand additions
panel (c): Pencil, with hand additions
panel (d): Soft ground etching, with hand additions
Support:
panels (a) and (b): Fabric over paper
panel (c) and (d): Paper
Dimensions:
plate (each): 55 1/2 × 9 13/16" (141 × 25 cm); sheet (approx.): 60 × 71" (152.4 × 180.3 cm)
Signature:
panel (d): "LB" right lower margin, pencil.
Inscription:
panel (c): "the wake / of / the want" 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 18 unique variants that incorporate this plate, printed alone or in combination with another plate. When the plate is printed alone, the work is included in the Evolving Composition Diagram. When it is printed with another plate, it is included in Related Works in the Catalogue.

See Evolving Composition Diagram:
“Leaves 1”
“Leaves 2”
“Leaves 3”
“Leaves 4”
"Leaves"
Untitled, plate 3 of 5, from the illustrated book, “Duration and Intensité”
Untitled, plate 5 of 5, from the illustrated book, “Duration and Intensité”
Untitled, no. 1 of 5, from the series, "The Vocabulary of Seduction"

See Related Works in the Catalogue:
“Eccentric Growth I”
“Eccentric Growth II”
“Eccentric Growth III”
“Eccentric Growth IV”
“Eccentric Growth V”
“Eccentric Growth VI”
("Eccentric Growth VII" was destroyed by the artist)
“Eccentric Growth VIII”
“Eccentric Growth IX”
Untitled, no. 3 of 3, from the series, "Evening of My Life"
Untitled, no. 2 of 4, from the series, "Inner Truths or Outer Truths"

About the "Leaves" edition:
There is 1 known impression of the only state, outside the edition. It is inscribed "first proof" in the lower left margin. It is not shown due to its similarity to this impression.

There are 2 known cancellation proofs on paper, 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 5 that constitute a single work of art. All of these compositions are to be exhibited together in the indicated sequence.
Curatorial Remarks:
The hand additions and paper type 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 an impression in MoMA's Collection. The overall mediums and sheet dimensions for the series were provided by the Louise Bourgeois Studio.

On the text panel, gouache is applied like a correction fluid to cover unwanted marks.

Leaves
2006-2007

States

Published Louise Bourgeois. Leaves. 2006
Leaves
Only state
2006

Unique Variants

Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Leaves 1. 2006
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Leaves 1
Only state, unique variant
2006
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Leaves 2. 2006
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Leaves 2
Only state, unique variant
2006
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Leaves 3. 2006
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Leaves 3
Only state, unique variant
2006
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Leaves 4. 2006
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Leaves 4
Only state, unique variant
2006
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Leaves. 2006
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Leaves
Only state, unique variant
2006
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, plate 3 of 5, from the illustrated book, Duration and Intensité. 2007
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Untitled, plate 3 of 5, from the illustrated book, Duration and Intensité
Only state, unique variant
2007
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, plate 5 of 5, from the illustrated book, Duration and Intensité. 2007
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Untitled, plate 5 of 5, from the illustrated book, Duration and Intensité
Only state, unique variant
2007
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 1 of 5, from the series, The Vocabulary of Seduction. 2007
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Untitled, no. 1 of 5, from the series, The Vocabulary of Seduction
Only state, unique variant
2007

Illustrated Book
2007

NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Duration and Intensité. 2007
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Duration and Intensité
2007
More About This Work

Series
2007

NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. The Vocabulary of Seduction. 2007
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION The Vocabulary of Seduction
2007
More About This Work

Louise Bourgeois,

The Vocabulary of Seduction,

New York, Osiris, 2007

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

No. 1:
the wake
of
the want

No. 2:
The chosen
or
the chooser
To deserve
or
not to deserve

No. 3:
The attraction
to
the
rejected
the
age
of
innocence

No. 4:
understanding
and intimacy

No. 5:
The
vocabulary
of
seduction.