15; plus 3 A.P., 1 P.P., and a portfolio version with an edition of 7 with 2 A.P.
"6/15" lower center of colophon, black ink, unknown hand.
Pages 21 and 22 of 49.
Lison Editions is a name Bourgeois adopted when she published works herself, late in her life. "Lison" is a nickname she had as a child. The full list of her nicknames is: Lise, Lison, Lisette, Louison, Louisette.
The background of the pages is printed to resemble music paper, which Bourgeois favored for drawings and can be found in her work as far back as the early 1940s. According to her assistant, Jerry Gorovoy, she returned to music paper as a drawing surface in 1994-95, at the time of her "Insomnia Drawings" series, when she listened to music during the night.
The illustrated book version of "Hours of the Day" preceded the portfolio version. The portfolio is considerably larger than the illustrated book.
The cover and each two-page spread of the illustrated book have corresponding sheets in the portfolio. However, in the spreads of the illustrated book, the compositions are divided into two sections to accommodate the gutter.
The illustrated book and portfolio were created independently using separate digital files.
The text comes from Bourgeois's daybooks, which she kept for each year up until the very last years of her life. She used them for appointments, and also annotated them with short texts and drawings.
MoMA Credit Line:
Gift of the artist
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This Work in Other Collections:
Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris Tate Modern, London
New York: Carolina Nitsch Editions and Lison Editions, 2006
No. 11 of 24 What did you do for twenty years? You have wasted your time The woman who has lost her life She has cooked, housecleaned, sewn washed, done the stairs, the windows, the floors, the fish and the soup
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