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Cat. No. 53/III, variant 2

Untitled (Spider and Snake)

State/Variant:
State III of IV, variant
Date:
2003
Alternate Title:
Spider with Spiral
Themes:
Animals & Insects, Spiders, Spirals
Techniques:
Drypoint, Engraving
Description:
Drypoint and engraving, with red and black ink and blue watercolor additions
Support:
Smooth, wove paper
Dimensions:
plate: 9 7/8 x 11 13/16" (25.1 x 30 cm); sheet: 10 7/8 x 14 1/2" (27.7 x 36.9 cm)
Signature:
"LB" lower right comp., black ink.
Publisher:
unpublished
Printer:
Harlan & Weaver, New York
Edition:
2 known variant impressions of state III
Impression:
Not numbered
Edition Information:
Proof before the editioning of state IV.
State Changes and Additions:
Changes from state II in drypoint: extended and widened the legs, rounded the body, and added a head.
Additions in red ink: filled in and widened the body, anticipating state IV.
Additions in blue watercolor: reinforced the platemark and darkened the corners, anticipating selective wiping in the edition.
Additions in black ink: added a black dot inside the bottom coil of the snake.
Background:
State IV of this composition was published as a benefit for the Beyeler Foundation, Riehen/Basel, Switzerland.
Artist’s Remarks:
Inscribed on the verso of the source drawing: "Patte Cassée / Broken leg. / Friendly Spider: The snake curled around one of its leg and sits there. Sept."
MoMA Credit Line:
Gift of the artist
MoMA Accession Number:
1458.2008

Untitled (Spider and Snake)
2000-2003

Source
1999

NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Friendly Spider. 1999
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Friendly Spider
Ink and pencil on paper
1999

States

NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled (Spider and Snake). 2000
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION State I of IV
2000
Louise Bourgeois. Untitled (Spider and Snake). 2000
State II of IV, variant
2000
Louise Bourgeois. Untitled (Spider and Snake). 2000-2003
State II of IV, variant
2000-2003
Louise Bourgeois. Untitled (Spider and Snake). 2003
State III of IV, variant
2003
Louise Bourgeois. Untitled (Spider and Snake). 2003
State III of IV, variant
2003
Louise Bourgeois. Untitled (Spider and Snake). 2003
State IV of IV, variant
2003
Louise Bourgeois. Untitled (Spider and Snake). 2003
State IV of IV, variant
2003
Published Louise Bourgeois. Untitled (Spider and Snake). 2003
State IV of IV
2003