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Cat. No. 506.1/II

Female from Male and Female

State/Variant:
Version 1 of 3, state II of VII
Date:
c. 2003
Themes:
Animals & Insects
Techniques:
Drypoint
Description:
Drypoint, with selective wiping
Support:
Smooth, wove paper
Dimensions:
plate: 13 7/8 x 9 15/16" (35.2 x 25.3 cm); sheet: 16 x 10 11/16" (40.6 x 27.2 cm)
Signature:
Not signed
Publisher:
unpublished
Printer:
Harlan & Weaver, New York
Edition:
6 known impressions of version 1, state II
Impression:
Not numbered
Edition Information:
Proof before the editioning of Diptych 6, seen below in the Evolving Composition Diagram and comprising: left side (a): version 1, state VII, and right side (b): version 2, state VIII. This composition was also issued as a published edition at version 3, state II, titled "Le Chat."

The fifth and sixth known impressions of version 1, state II, are seen below in the Evolving Composition Diagram as the left sides (a) of Diptychs 3 and 4.
State Changes and Additions:
Changes from version 1, state I, by burnishing: cat’s right rear leg and tail partially removed.
Changes from version 1, state I, in drypoint: cat’s right rear leg and tail reconfigured with exposed anus; further delineation of fur on cat’s body; mammary glands delineated; composition reinforced overall.
Background:
In the 1950s, when Bourgeois was living with her husband and children in an apartment on 18th Street in New York City, the family had two cats: Champfleurette and Tyger.
Curatorial Remarks:
Although the development of the Male and Female diptych has been divided into first and second versions for clarity, Bourgeois worked on both plates concurrently.
Other Remarks:
According to printer Felix Harlan, the third, smaller version in the Evolving Composition Diagram was initially created as a test plate. Aquatint was being considered to add shading to the male cat. Ultimately, Bourgeois decided against aquatint for the shading, but she liked the compositional fragment on the test plate. She added the contour of the cat's body and editioned this version as "Le Chat" on handmade paper.
MoMA Credit Line:
Gift of the artist
MoMA Accession Number:
1512.2008
This Work in Other Collections:
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

Male and Female
2001-2005

Source
2001

NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Female. 2001
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Female
Watercolor, ink, pencil, colored pencil, and white correction fluid on paper
2001

First Version

Louise Bourgeois. Female from Male and Female. c. 2001
Version 1 of 3, state I of VII, variant
c. 2001
Louise Bourgeois. Female from Male and Female. c. 2001
Version 1 of 3, state I of VII, variant
c. 2001
Louise Bourgeois. Female from Male and Female. 2001
Version 1 of 3, state I of VII, variant
2001
Louise Bourgeois. Female from Male and Female. c. 2003
Version 1 of 3, state II of VII
c. 2003
Louise Bourgeois. Female from Male and Female. c. 2003
Version 1 of 3, state II of VII, variant
c. 2003
Louise Bourgeois. Female from Male and Female. c. 2003
Version 1 of 3, state II of VII, variant
c. 2003
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Female from Male and Female. 2004
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Version 1 of 3, state II of VII, variant
2004
Louise Bourgeois. Female from Male and Female. 2004
Version 1 of 3, state IV of VII
2004
Louise Bourgeois. Female from Male and Female. 2004
Version 1 of 3, state V of VII
2004
Louise Bourgeois. Female from Male and Female. 2004
Version 1 of 3, state VI of VII
2004
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Female from Male and Female. 2004
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Version 1 of 3, state VI of VII, variant
2004

Second Version

Louise Bourgeois. Male from Male and Female. c. 2001
Version 2 of 3, state I of VIII, variant
c. 2001
Louise Bourgeois. Male from Male and Female. c. 2001
Version 2 of 3, state I of VIII, variant
c. 2001
Louise Bourgeois. Male from Male and Female. 2001
Version 2 of 3, state I of VIII, variant
2001
Louise Bourgeois. Male from Male and Female. c. 2003
Version 2 of 3, state II of VIII
c. 2003
Louise Bourgeois. Male from Male and Female. c. 2003
Version 2 of 3, state III of VIII, variant
c. 2003
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Male from Male and Female. 2004
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Version 2 of 3, state III of VIII, variant
2004
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Male from Male and Female. 2004
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Version 2 of 3, state III of VIII, variant
2004
Louise Bourgeois. Male from Male and Female. 2004
Version 2 of 3, state VI of VIII
2004
Louise Bourgeois. Male from Male and Female. c. 2004
Version 2 of 3, state VII of VIII
c. 2004

Diptych Version

Louise Bourgeois. Male and Female. 2001
Diptych: Version 1 of 3, state I of VII, variant, and version 2 of 3, state I of VIII
2001
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Male and Female. 2004
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Diptych: Version 1 of 3, state III of VII, variant, and version 2 of 3, state IV of VIII
2004
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Male and Female. 2004
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Diptych: Version 1 of 3, state II of VII, variant, and version 2 of 3, state VI of VIII, variant
2004
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Male and Female. 2004
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Diptych: Version 1 of 3, state II of VII, variant, and version 2 of 3, state III of VIII, variant
2004
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Male and Female. 2004
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Diptych: Version 1 of 3, state III of VII, variant, and version 2 of 3, state V of VIII
2004
Published Louise Bourgeois. Male and Female. 2005
Diptych: Version 1 of 3, state VII of VII, and version 2 of 3, state VIII of VIII
2005

Third Version

Louise Bourgeois. Le Chat. c. 2004
Version 3 of 3, state I of II
c. 2004
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Le Chat. 2004
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Version 3 of 3, state II of II
2004