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Cat. No. 1064/III

Peeking through Curtain

State/Variant:
State III of III
Date:
1999
Themes:
Faces & Portraits
Techniques:
Drypoint, Engraving
Description:
Drypoint and engraving
Support:
Thin, smooth, wove paper
Dimensions:
plate: 9 15/16 x 4" (25.2 x 10.1 cm); sheet: 15 15/16 x 9 13/16" (40.5 x 25 cm)
Signature:
Not signed
Publisher:
unpublished
Printer:
Harlan & Weaver, New York
Edition:
2 known impressions of state III
Impression:
Not numbered
Edition Information:
Not issued as a published edition at any state.

The additional known impression of this state is in MoMA's Collection (Accession Number: 872.2008). It is not illustrated, due to its similarity to the other impression of state III seen here..
State Changes and Additions:
Changes from state II, in engraving: reconfiguration of hands, showing all five fingers.
Artist’s Remarks:
When asked about the source drawing for this composition, Bourgeois replied, "That's fear. The person isn't watching or spying, it's someone hiding. The curtain is like the shutters in the South of France, which keep the sun out, but you're hidden from view." (Quote cited in Bernadac, Marie-Laure and Hans-Ulrich Obrist, Editors. Destruction of the Father /Reconstruction of the Father: Writings and Interviews, 1923–1997. London: Violette, 1998, pp. 298-299. Originally published in French in Bernadac, Marie-Laure and Deborah Wye. Louise Bourgeois: Pensées-Plumes. Paris: Centre Pompidou, 1995.)
MoMA Credit Line:
Gift of the artist
MoMA Accession Number:
871.2008

Peeking through Curtain
1999

Source
1950

NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled. 1950
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Untitled
Ink and charcoal on paper
1950

States

Louise Bourgeois. Peeking through Curtain. 1999
State I of III
1999
Louise Bourgeois. Peeking through Curtain. 1999
State I of III, variant
1999
Louise Bourgeois. Peeking through Curtain. 1999
State II of III
1999
Louise Bourgeois. Peeking through Curtain. 1999
State II of III, variant
1999
Louise Bourgeois. Peeking through Curtain. 1999
State III of III
1999