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Cat. No. 125.2 (fabric)

Insomnia

State/Variant:
Version 2 of 2, only state
Date:
2000
Themes:
Body Parts, Fabric Works, Faces & Portraits, Objects
Techniques:
Drypoint
Description:
Drypoint, with selective wiping, and red ink additions
Support:
Fabric
Dimensions:
plate: 9 3/8 x 6 15/16" (23.8 x 17.6 cm); sheet: 15 3/8 x 14 9/16" (39 x 37 cm)
Signature:
"LB" right lower margin, stitched in red thread.
Publisher:
Harlan & Weaver, New York
Printer:
Harlan & Weaver, New York
Edition:
5 on fabric; and an edition of 100, plus 20 A.P., 1 P.P., bound as the frontispiece for the illustrated book, "Louise Bourgeois: The Insomnia Drawings," and an unbound edition on paper of 7 A.P., plus 4 P.P., 1 H.C.
Impression:
Not numbered
Edition Information:
There are variations in the fabrics used in this edition, as is commonly found in the old fabrics Bourgeois chose to use as printing surfaces. Some impressions have staining and scorching.

There are 4 impressions on paper, of version 2, only state, outside the editions; 3 are variants, one (978.2008) is not.
State Changes and Additions:
Changes from version 2, state I, in aquatint: halo effect around head, mostly obscured by wiping.
Background:
In 1994-95, Bourgeois, who was plagued by insomnia, created a series of 220 works on paper during sleepness nights. She kept them together as a group, calling them, "The Insomnia Drawings." The dealer and publisher Peter Blum mounted the first exhibition of this series during the Basel Art Fair in June 1995. Later, the Daros Collection of Zurich, Switzerland, purchased the series and decided to reproduce them in a two-volume book called, "Louise Bourgeois: The Insomnia Drawings," which was published in 2000. The first volume contains facsimiles of both the recto and verso of the 220 drawings. The second volume is comprised of a foreward by Stephan Schmidheiny, texts by Marie-Laure Bernadac and Elisabeth Bronfen, a chronology, and a checklist, transcriptions, and notes.This two-volume work was published by Daros, Zurich, in collaboration with Peter Blum Edition, New York, and Scalo, Zurich, Berlin, New York.
For a special limited edition of this two-volume work, a drypoint entitled "Insomnia" was selected to serve as a bound-in frontispiece in the first volume. Since the selected drypoint was too large for this purpose, it was reworked in a second version, at a reduced size.
MoMA Credit Line:
Gift of the artist and Harlan & Weaver, Inc.
MoMA Accession Number:
1454.2001
This Work in Other Collections:
Tate Modern, London

Insomnia
2000

Source
2000

NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Insomnia. 2000
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Insomnia
Ink and pencil on paper
2000

First Version

Louise Bourgeois. Insomnia. 2000
Version 1 of 2, state I of III
2000
Louise Bourgeois. Insomnia. 2000
Version 1 of 2, state II of III
2000
Louise Bourgeois. Insomnia. 2000
Version 1 of 2, state III of III
2000

Second Version

Louise Bourgeois. Insomnia, frontispiece, from the illustrated book, Louise Bourgeois: The Insomnia Drawings. 2000
Version 2 of 2, only state, variant
2000
Louise Bourgeois. Insomnia, frontispiece from the illustrated book, Louise Bourgeois: The Insomnia Drawings. 2000
Version 2 of 2, only state, variant
2000
Louise Bourgeois. Insomnia, frontispiece, from the illustrated book, Louise Bourgeois: The Insomnia Drawings. 2000
Version 2 of 2, only state, variant
2000
Louise Bourgeois. Insomnia, frontispiece, from the illustrated book, Louise Bourgeois: The Insomnia Drawings. 2000
Version 2 of 2, only state
2000
Published Louise Bourgeois. Insomnia, frontispiece, from the illustrated book,  Louise Bourgeois: The Insomnia Drawings. 2000
Version 2 of 2, only state
2000
Published Louise Bourgeois. Insomnia. 2000
Version 2 of 2, only state
2000
Published Louise Bourgeois. Insomnia. 2000
Version 2 of 2, only state
2000