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Cat. No. 443/VI

Untitled, plate 14 of 14, from the portfolio, Autobiographical Series

State/Variant:
State VI of VI
Date:
1994
Portfolio:
Autobiographical Series (View All)
Alternate Title:
Self Portrait
Descriptive Title:
Sculptress
Themes:
Faces & Portraits, Figures, Objects
Techniques:
Drypoint
Description:
Drypoint
Support:
Smooth, wove Somerset paper
Dimensions:
plate: 13 1/8 x 8 1/4" (33.4 x 20.9 cm); sheet: 22 7/16 x 15 1/16" (57 x 38.3 cm)
Signature:
"LB" lower right margin, pencil.
Publisher:
Peter Blum Edition, New York
Printer:
Harlan & Weaver, New York
Edition:
35; plus 10 H.C.
Impression:
"III/X" lower left margin, pencil, unknown hand.
Edition Information:
There is one known impression of state VI, outside the edition, in MoMA's Collection (Accession Number: 643.2008). It is not illustrated, due to its similiarity to the impression seen here.
State Changes and Additions:
Changes from state V, by burnishing: mouth and lock of hair below ear removed.
Background:
Bourgeois was often inspired by the subjects of early drawings when creating works at much later dates. This 1994 portfolio is an example of a project based primarily on drawings from the 1940s and referring to her life in New York at that time. The exceptions are as follows: plate 1, based on a drawing from 1986 that references childbirth; plates 4 and 9, based on drawings from the 1940s but depicting memories of her childhood years in France; plate 11, most probably based on a drawing from the 1940s of a European hotel desk.
Installation Remarks:
The prints in this portfolio can be shown as a group or individually. There is no required sequence.
Curatorial Remarks:
Of the 14 plates in "Autobiographical Series," Bourgeois titled plates 6 and 12. The untitled plates have been assigned descriptive titles for cataloguing purposes.
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:
74.1997.14
This Work in Other Collections:
Kunstmuseum Bern, Switzerland
Museu da Gravura Cidade de Curitiba, Brazil
Tate Modern, London

Untitled, plate 14 of 14, from the portfolio, Autobiographical Series
1993-1994

Source
1945

NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Self Portrait. 1945
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Self Portrait
Pencil on paper
1945

States

Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, plate 14 of 14, from the portfolio, Autobiographical Series. c. 1993
State I of VI
c. 1993
Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, plate 14 of 14, from the portfolio, Autobiographical Series. c. 1993
State II of VI
c. 1993
Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, plate 14 of 14, from the portfolio, Autobiographical Series. c. 1993
State II of VI, variant
c. 1993
Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, plate 14 of 14, from the portfolio, Autobiographical Series. c. 1993
State III of VI
c. 1993
Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, plate 14 of 14, from the portfolio, Autobiographical Series. c. 1993
State IV of VI
c. 1993
Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, plate 14 of 14, from the portfolio, Autobiographical Series. c. 1993
State V of VI
c. 1993
Published Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, plate 14 of 14, from the portfolio, Autobiographical Series. 1994
State VI of VI
1994

Portfolio
1994

Louise Bourgeois. Autobiographical Series. 1994
Autobiographical Series
1994
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