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Cat. No. 404/II, variant 1

Champfleurette #2

State/Variant:
State II of VII, variant
Date:
1999
Alternate Title:
The Angry Cat
Themes:
Animals & Insects, Faces & Portraits
Techniques:
Drypoint
Description:
Drypoint, with red and gray gouache, blue watercolor, black crayon, and black ink additions
Support:
Paper
Dimensions:
plate: 9 15/16 x 11 15/16" (25.2 x 30.3 cm); sheet: 14 1/8 x 16 1/8" (35.9 x 41 cm)
Signature:
"LB" lower right margin, pencil.
Publisher:
unpublished
Printer:
Harlan & Weaver, New York
Edition:
2 known variant impressions of state II
Impression:
Not numbered
Edition Information:
Proof before the editioning of state VII.
State Changes and Additions:
Changes from state I in drypoint: eyes, nose, and small, elliptical forms on forehead and mouth, all outlined and shaded.
Additions in gray gouache: small, elliptical forms overall shaded, anticipating state III; lines at bases of ears reinforced, anticipating state III.
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:
States I-VI of this composition are each titled "Champfleurette #2." The editioned state, state VII, is titled "The Angry Cat." (See also the 1993-1994 print, “Champfleurette, The White Cat,” in Related Works in the Catalogue below.)

The type of paper and plate dimensions are not documented because this impression is not in MoMA's Collection and could not be examined in person. The plate dimensions are from the published impression in MoMA's Collection.

Publisher Harlan & Weaver groups the editioned state of this composition with ten other drypoints of 1999, under the title, “11 Drypoints.” Each of the 11 compositions can be displayed individually. The full set is as follows:
“The Accident”
“The Angry Cat”
“Don’t Put Your Foot in Your Mouth”
“Fear”
“Feet (Socks)”
“Fences Are Obsolete”
“Madeleine”
“Mosquito”
“Mother and Child”
“Please Hang in There”
“The Smell of the Feet”

A tea towel merchandise item was made from this variant of state II (Cat. No. 404/II, variant 1). There are red whiskers on the tea towel that have faded on the print. A mouse pad merchandise item was from with a different variant of state II (Cat. No. 404/II, variant 2). A t-shirt merchandise item was made from state VI (Cat. No. 404/VI).
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".)
Public Collection:
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia

The Angry Cat
1999

States

Louise Bourgeois. Champfleurette #2. 1999
State I of VII
1999
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Champfleurette #2. 1999
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION State II of VII, variant
1999
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Champfleurette #2. 1999
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION State II of VII, variant
1999
Louise Bourgeois. Champfleurette #2. 1999
State III of VII
1999
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Champfleurette #2. 1999
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION State IV of VII
1999
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Champfleurette #2. 1999
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION State V of VII
1999
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Champfleurette #2. 1999
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION State VI of VII
1999
Louise Bourgeois. The Angry Cat. 1999
State VII of VII, variant
1999
Published Louise Bourgeois. The Angry Cat. 1999
State VII of VII
1999