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LOUISE BOURGEOIS: COMPLETE BOOKS & PRINTS

Louise Bourgeois: Complete Books & Prints
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Cat. No. 677.1

Institution

State/Variant:
Version 1 of 2, only state
Date:
1989-1990
Themes:
Architecture, Figures, Nature
Techniques:
Drypoint
Description:
Drypoint
Support:
Smooth, wove paper
Dimensions:
plate: 9 13/16 × 16 15/16" (24.9 × 43 cm); sheet: 21 1/16 x 23 1/2" (53.5 x 59.7 cm)
Signature:
Not signed
Publisher:
unpublished
Printer:
Harlan & Weaver, New York
Edition:
2 known impressions of version 1
Impression:
Not numbered
Edition Information:
Not issued as a published edition at any state.
Background:
Version 1 was developed in conjunction with Judith Solodkin, Solo Press, as supervisor to printers, at the same time as the portfolio project "Anatomy." Bourgeois met Christian Guérin, Gravure Inc., at about this time. In 1990, she enlisted him to assist her in executing and printing version 2.
Artist’s Remarks:
"These are people from the past ... they were so important, I still cannot detach myself. You better pay your debt to the past and then forget it."

Looking at the second version, Bourgeois described the figures: "I am the one close to my parents... I am quite sure of myself with my hair. Pierre is the little, lonely one. Henriette and Georges, my sister and brother-in-law, are there. The figures are in limbo... they roam around together in the shadow... but you can see that all those important to you are there." (Quotes cited in Wye, Deborah and Carol Smith. "The Prints of Louise Bourgeois." New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 1994, p. 174.)
Former Cat. No.:
W & S 109.1
MoMA Credit Line:
Gift of the artist
MoMA Accession Number:
100.1994

Institution
1989-1990

Source
c. 1940

NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Confrérie. c. 1940
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Confrérie
Casein on board
c. 1940

Studies

Louise Bourgeois. Untitled (Study for Institution). 1989
Study
1989
Louise Bourgeois. Untitled (Study for Institution). 1989
Study
1989

First Version

Louise Bourgeois. Institution. 1989-1990
Version 1 of 2, only state
1989-1990
Louise Bourgeois. Institution. 1989-1990
Version 1 of 2, only state, variant
1989-1990

Second Version

Louise Bourgeois. Institution. 1989-1990
Version 2 of 2, only state
1989-1990
Louise Bourgeois. Institution. 1989-1990
Version 2 of 2, only state, variant
1989-1990
Louise Bourgeois. Institution. 1989-1990
Version 2 of 2, only state, variant
1989-1990