Drypoint, with black ink and puncture hole additions
Smooth, wove paper
plate: 17 3/4 x 27 3/8" (45.1 x 69.6 cm); sheet: 20 3/4 x 29 15/16" (52 x 76.1 cm)
"but no merci" center comp., pencil, artist's hand [partially erased]; "same size as this in green book / Trivia (?)" lower center comp., pencil, artist's hand [partially erased]; "Georgina Fakramp (?) 718 (667 9428)" lower center comp., pencil, artist's hand.
Additions by puncture: holes through sheet added in many indentations, throughout several letters.
State III of this composition was published as a benefit for Documenta IX, 1992.
Bourgeois created this plate by hammering a nail through thin roofing copper.
The artist employed a similar technique in the print compositions “Tornado,” 1991-1992, and “We Love You,” 1992, seen in Related Works in the Catalogue below.
"I want much more than thank you... I want forgiveness... I ask for mercy. Who is at fault? Who is the culprit? Is it you, or is it me? I would rather make it my trouble... then I could take care of it... I could become active instead of passive." (Quote cited in Wye, Deborah and Carol Smith. “The Prints of Louise Bourgeois.” New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 1994, p. 209.)
Former Cat. No.:
W & S 123
MoMA Credit Line:
Gift of the artist
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National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC
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