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Cat. No. 1107/I

Le Grand Regard Greeting

State/Variant:
State I of II
Date:
1948
Alternate Title:
Winged Head
Themes:
Abstraction, Faces & Portraits
Techniques:
Etching
Description:
Soft ground etching
Support:
Paper
Dimensions:
plate: 6 3/4 × 9" (17.1 × 22.9 cm)
Signature:
"L. Bourgeois" lower right margin, pencil.
Inscription:
Verso: "25 [circled] / le grand regard greeting / 7 x 9" center right sheet, pencil, artist's hand.
Publisher:
unpublished
Printer:
The artist
Edition:
1 known impression of state I
Impression:
Not numbered
Edition Information:
Not issued as a published edition at any state.
Background:
David Porter, who commissioned this greeting card, came to know the artist when he worked at Public Works News in New York. He had a Bourgeois lithograph hanging in his office (according to an undated letter in MoMA Collection records). As a dealer in Washington, D.C., he organized the 1945 exhibition "Personal Statement: Painting Prophecy 1950," which included "Natural History #2," seen in Related Works in Other Mediums below. (To read the artist's statement from the exhibition catalogue, see Marie-Laure Bernadac and Hans-Ulrich Obrist's "Destruction of the Father/Reconstruction of the Father: Writings and Interviews, 1923-1997." London: Violette, 1998, p. 44.) Bourgeois did not know whether, as planned, Porter actually had greeting cards made using her design.
Curatorial Remarks:
The paper type and sheet size could not be documented because this work is not in MoMA's Collection and could not be examined in person.

Le Grand Regard Greeting
1948

States

NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Le Grand Regard Greeting. 1948
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION State I of II
1948
Louise Bourgeois. Le Grand Regard Greeting. 1948
State II of II
1948