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Cat. No. 405/II

Mosquito

State/Variant:
State II of V
Date:
1999
Themes:
Animals & Insects
Techniques:
Drypoint
Description:
Drypoint, with selective wiping
Support:
Smooth, wove paper
Dimensions:
plate: 11 7/8 x 9 15/16" (30.2 x 25.3 cm); sheet: 14 x 10 7/8" (35.5 x 27.7 cm)
Signature:
Not signed
Publisher:
unpublished
Printer:
Harlan & Weaver, New York
Edition:
2 known impressions of state II
Impression:
Not numbered
Edition Information:
Proof before the editioning of state V.
State Changes and Additions:
Changes from state I, in drypoint: cross-hatching on antennae and upper body outlines.
Background:
According to the artist’s assistant, Jerry Gorovoy, Bourgeois began this composition by tracing an illustration from a book in her collection. The book had once been part of the inventory for Erasmus Books and Prints, the shop she opened for a brief period in the late 1950s.
Curatorial Remarks:
Publisher Harlan & Weaver groups the editioned state of this composition with ten other drypoints of 1999, under the title, “11 Drypoints.” Each of the 11 compositions can be displayed individually. The full set is as follows:
“The Accident”
“The Angry Cat”
“Don’t Put Your Foot in Your Mouth”
“Fear”
“Feet (Socks)”
“Fences Are Obsolete”
“Madeleine”
“Mosquito”
“Mother and Child”
“Please Hang in There”
“The Smell of the Feet”
Bibliography:
Malbert, Roger, and Juliet Mitchell. "Louise Bourgeois: Autobiographical Prints." London: Hayward, 2016. (Catalogue accompanying the touring exhibition "Louise Bourgeois Prints: Autobiographical Series and 11 Drypoints".)
MoMA Credit Line:
Gift of the artist
MoMA Accession Number:
913.2008

Mosquito
1999

Source
1999

NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Mosquito. 1999
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Mosquito
Colored pencil on paper
1999

States

Louise Bourgeois. Mosquito. 1999
State I of V
1999
Louise Bourgeois. Mosquito. 1999
State II of V
1999
Louise Bourgeois. Mosquito. 1999
State II of V, variant
1999
Louise Bourgeois. Mosquito. 1999
State III of V
1999
Louise Bourgeois. Mosquito. 1999
State III of V, variant
1999
Louise Bourgeois. Mosquito. 1999
State IV of V
1999
Published Louise Bourgeois. Mosquito. 1999
State V of V
1999