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Cat. No. 420/IV

Follow the Child within You

State/Variant:
State IV of VII
Date:
1998
Themes:
Figures, Motherhood & Family, Nature, Objects
Techniques:
Drypoint, Engraving
Description:
Drypoint and engraving, with black and red and blue watercolor, red ink, and blue gouache additions
Support:
Smooth, wove paper
Dimensions:
plate: 16 7/8 x 13 7/8" (42.9 x 35.3 cm); sheet (irreg.): 23 7/16 x 19 7/16" (59.5 x 49.4 cm)
Signature:
"LB" lower right margin, red ink.
Inscription:
"AP" lower left margin, red ink, artist's hand.
Publisher:
unpublished
Printer:
Harlan & Weaver, New York
Edition:
1 known impression of state IV
Impression:
Not numbered
Edition Information:
Proof before the editioning of state VII.

The "AP" inscription, in the artist's hand, does not indicate a conventional A.P. impression, which would be of the final state.
State Changes and Additions:

Matrices:
The progression of this composition, as seen in the Evolving Composition Diagram below, involved 3 plates.

Plate 1: boat outline and shading, waves, sky details, light sketch of figures in boat; usually printed in blue.

Plate 2: detailed figures in boat and rim of boat; printed in red.

Plate 3: shading in ocean; printed in blue.

State Changes:
Plate 2 printed in red, over plate 1 printed in blue.
Change from state III, by burnishing: deep burr on figures’ heads removed.
Addition in blue watercolor: tonal shading of ocean and sky, anticipating state VII.
Background:
State VII of this composition was published as a benefit for Harlem Family Institute, New York. The Harlem Family Institute is a multicultural psychoanalytic training institute in New York, founded in 1991. As of 2014, it provides two community services: free or affordable therapy to children and parents in underserved areas of New York, and training for aspiring psychoanalysts from diverse backgrounds. (A promotional brochure for the benefit edition gave an incorrect title, "Follow the Child in You" rather than "Follow the Child within You.")
Artist’s Remarks:
Inscribed on the verso of the source drawing: "when you do not know what to do follow the child within you"
MoMA Credit Line:
Gift of the artist
MoMA Accession Number:
779.2008
This Work in Other Collections:
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

Follow the Child within You
1998-1999

Source
1998

NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Follow the Child within You. 1998
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Follow the Child within You
Red ink, pencil, and white correction fluid on paper
1998

Studies

NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Follow the Child within You (Study for Follow the Child within You). 1998
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION 1998

States

Louise Bourgeois. Follow the Child within You. 1998
State I of VII, variant
1998
Louise Bourgeois. Follow the Child within You. 1998
State I of VII, variant
1998
Louise Bourgeois. Follow the Child within You. 1998
State II of VII
1998
Louise Bourgeois. Follow the Child within You. 1998
State III of VII, variant
1998
Louise Bourgeois. Follow the Child within You. 1998
State III of VII, variant
1998
Louise Bourgeois. Follow the Child within You. 1998
State IV of VII
1998
Louise Bourgeois. Follow the Child within You. 1998
State V of VII
1998
Louise Bourgeois. Follow the Child within You. 1999
State VI of VII
1999
Published Louise Bourgeois. Follow the Child within You. 1999
State VII of VII
1999