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Cat. No. 732.1

Portrait

State/Variant:
Version 1 of 2, only state
Date:
1990
Themes:
Abstraction, Faces & Portraits, Figures
Techniques:
Aquatint, Etching
Description:
Etching and aquatint
Support:
Thin, laid paper
Dimensions:
plate: 8 3/8 x 5 3/8" (21.2 x 13.6 cm); sheet: 11 9/16 x 9 5/16" (29.3 x 23.6 cm)
Signature:
Not signed
Publisher:
unpublished
Printer:
Gravure, New York
Edition:
2 known impressions of version 1
Impression:
Not numbered
Edition Information:
Not issued as a published edition in either version.
Background:
The source drawing was inspired by a sculpture, "Woman with a Secret," 1947-49, seen below in Related Works in Other Mediums.

Bourgeois admired the printing facilities of the Gravure workshop and also felt a personal rapport with the owner and master printer, Christian Guérin. Guérin helped the artist develop plates for several important projects in the early 1990s.
Artist’s Remarks:
Inscribed on the verso of the source drawing: "destroyed / and / resuciteé / She wolf [crossed out] fox. / the test is: / am I forgiven after / the destruction / la defense du père / le pardon du la mère / c'est le sign du / l'adulte / college sevigné. / to J.G."
Former Cat. No.:
W & S B13.1
MoMA Credit Line:
Gift of the artist
MoMA Accession Number:
564.1993

Portrait
1990

Source
1985

NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. The She-Fox. 1985
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION The She-Fox
Pencil and correction fluid on paper
1985

First Version

Louise Bourgeois. Portrait. 1990
Version 1 of 2, only state
1990
Louise Bourgeois. Portrait. 1990
Version 1 of 2, only state, variant
1990

Second Version

Louise Bourgeois. Portrait. 1990
Version 2 of 2, only state, variant
1990
Louise Bourgeois. Portrait. 1990
Version 2 of 2, only state, variant
1990
Louise Bourgeois. Portrait. 1990
Version 2 of 2, only state, variant
1990