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.
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.
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