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Cat. No. 825, unique variant 4

Mouillés Par le Soir!!

State/Variant:
Only state, unique variant
Date:
2008
Alternate Title:
Winter
Descriptive Title:
English translation: "Wet By the Evening"
Themes:
Abstraction, Nature
Techniques:
Etching
Description:
Soft ground etching, with watercolor, gouache, colored pencil, and pencil additions
Support:
Paper
Dimensions:
plate: 10 13/16 × 55 13/16" (27.5 × 141.7 cm); sheet: 13 × 58 5/8" (33 × 148.9 cm)
Signature:
"Louise Bourgeois" lower right comp., pencil.
Inscription:
"mouillés par le soir!!" lower left comp., pencil, artist's hand.
Publisher:
Osiris, New York
Printer:
Wingate Studio, Hinsdale, NH
Edition:
Unique
Impression:
Not numbered
Edition Information:
This is one of 4 unique variants of the "Winter" plate with hand additions. The other three appear in "La Rivière Gentille" (set 2).

There are also three known impressions of the only state without hand additions, two of which can be seen in the Evolving Composition Diagram below. The third known impression of the only state without hand additions is not in MoMA's Collection. It is not illustrated due to its similarity to the other impressions seen in the Evolving Composition Diagram below.

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.

Winter; Nos. 2, 19, and 38 of 48 in La Rivière Gentille (set 2); Mouillés Par...
2008

States

Louise Bourgeois. Winter. 2008
Winter
Only state
2008
Louise Bourgeois. Winter. 2008
Winter
Only state
2008

Unique variants

Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 2 of 48 in La Rivière Gentille (set 2), from the series of installation sets (1-3). 2007
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Untitled, no. 2 of 48 in La Rivière Gentille (set 2), from the series of installation sets (1-3)
Only state, unique variant
2007
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 19 of 48 in La Rivière Gentille (set 2), from the series of installation sets (1-3). 2007
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Untitled, no. 19 of 48 in La Rivière Gentille (set 2), from the series of installation sets (1-3)
Only state, unique variant
2007
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 36 of 48 in La Rivière Gentille (set 2), from the series of installation sets (1-3). 2007
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Untitled, no. 36 of 48 in La Rivière Gentille (set 2), from the series of installation sets (1-3)
Only state, unique variant
2007
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Mouillés Par le Soir!! 2008
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Mouillés Par le Soir!!
Only state, unique variant
2008

Series
2007

NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. La Rivière Gentille (set 2), from the series of installation sets (1-3). 2007
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION La Rivière Gentille (set 2), from the...
2007
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