panel (a): Soft ground etching, with hand additions and fabric collage panel (b): Pencil panel (c): Soft ground etching, with hand additions panel (d): Pencil panel (e): Soft ground etchings, with hand additions
panels (a) and (e): Fabric panels (b), (c), (d): Paper
Matrices: This 5-panel composition is made up of 2 plates that were issued as separate editions or used in other compositions. They are noted below and can be seen in Related Works in the Catalogue.
panel (a): plate from "The Twist"
panel (c): plate from "Alone and Together"
panel (e): plate from "The Twist" There are 2 impressions here. One impression is overlaid with another printed on sheer fabric. It is not known if the bottom layer is on fabric or paper.
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.
This composition is one of 3 that constitute a single work of art. All of these compositions are to be exhibited together in the indicated sequence.
The hand additions and paper type could not be documented because this impression is not in MoMA's Collection and could not be examined in person. The plate dimensions are from the impressions in MoMA's Collection. The overall mediums and sheet dimensions were provided by the Louise Bourgeois Studio.
Bourgeois's entire text for this series appears on the panels cited below.
No. 1: Saint Nitouche une histoire de Louise Bourgeois
No. 2: What you look like what you wear ma vie vie vie vie secrète la vie secrète I am a consumer and a lover
No. 3: viens le soir descend et leur heure est charmeuse viens toi si frileuse la nuit avancée en manteau descend puis l'air est si doux si plein de promesses ou sent la caresse des mots d'amour qu'en écoute à genoux What do you think of me
French to English translations by Richard Sieburth and Françoise Gramet. No. 1: Goodie Two Shoes a story by Louise Bourgeois
No. 2: What you look like what you wear my life life life life secret the secret life I am a consumer and a lover
No. 3: come, night is falling, the hour is enticing come, fear not the cold, the falling night like a cloak is spreading the air is so mild so full of promises one feels the caress of words of love heard on bended knee What do you think of me
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