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Cat. No. 934.1

Untitled

State/Variant:
Version 1 of 2, only state
Date:
c. 1992
Themes:
Nature
Techniques:
Photogravure
Description:
Photogravure
Support:
Smooth, wove paper
Dimensions:
plate: 11 × 7 1/2" (27.9 × 19.1 cm); sheet: 18 × 13 1/2" (45.7 × 34.3 cm)
Signature:
Not signed
Inscription:
Verso: "LB photogravure for homely girl - abandoned" lower center sheet, pencil, unknown hand.
Publisher:
unpublished
Printer:
Harlan & Weaver, New York
Edition:
2 known impressions of version 1
Impression:
Not numbered
Edition Information:
Proof before the editioning of version 2.
Background:
As explained in his published postscript to "Homely Girl, a Life," Peter Blum expressed to Bourgeois his wish to do a book at the time of their collaboration on the 1990 "Anatomy" portfolio. For a long time, he had also been interested in publishing a book by American playwright Arthur Miller. While looking with Bourgeois at the book "Portraits," a collection of photographs by Miller's wife Inge Morath, which included a portrait of Bourgeois, Blum had the idea of bringing author and artist together. The publisher proposed a collaborative project, which appealed to both.

Miller visited Bourgeois's sculpture-filled Brooklyn studio and saw there, among many other works, several pieces in her series Cells, which concerns the senses of sight, hearing, and smell. Miller selected for the project an unpublished text whose subject is a romance between a girl and a blind man.
Artist’s Remarks:
"There is a conversion here from the intense, precise study of nature ... toward something larger. Consider the arid and dangerous mountain range ... but with the sun showing up again. The darkness of the accident does not prevent the birth of a beautiful new day ... it is a kind of awakening, but on a more global level." (Quote cited in Wye, Deborah and Carol Smith. “The Prints of Louise Bourgeois.” New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 1994, p. 219.)
Former Cat. No.:
W & S 134
MoMA Credit Line:
Gift of the artist
MoMA Accession Number:
1269.2012

Untitled, plate 9 of 10, from the illustrated book and portfolio, Homely Girl, A Life
1992

Source
1991

NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Red ball point pen and ink on envelope drawing for print #9 for Homely Girl, A Life. 1991
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Red ball point pen and ink on envelope drawing...
Ink on envelope
1991

First Version

Louise Bourgeois. Untitled. c. 1992
Version 1 of 2, only state
c. 1992

Second Version

Published Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, plate 9 of 10, from the illustrated book, Homely Girl, A Life, volume I. 1992
Version 2 of 2, only state
1992
Published Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, plate 9 of 10, from the portfolio, Homely Girl, A Life. 1992
Version 2 of 2, only state
1992

Illustrated Book
1992

Louise Bourgeois. Homely Girl, A Life, volumes I and II. 1992
Homely Girl, A Life, volumes I and II
1992
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Portfolio
1992

Louise Bourgeois. Homely Girl, A Life. 1992
Homely Girl, A Life
1992
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