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Cat. No. 125.1/I

Insomnia

State/Variant:
Version 1 of 2, state I of III
Date:
2000
Themes:
Body Parts, Faces & Portraits, Objects
Techniques:
Drypoint
Description:
Drypoint, with red crayon additions
Support:
Smooth, wove paper
Dimensions:
plate: 11 15/16 x 9 15/16" (30.3 x 25.2 cm); sheet: 17 1/8 x 10 15/16" (43.5 x 27.8 cm)
Signature:
Not signed
Publisher:
unpublished
Printer:
Harlan & Weaver, New York
Edition:
1 known impression of version 1, state I
Impression:
Not numbered
Edition Information:
Proof before the editioning of version 2, only state.
State Changes and Additions:
Additions in red crayon: figure's eyes and nipples further delineated, anticipating state II; her right shoulder, ears, lip, and hair to the right of her face, all further delineated, anticipating state III.
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
MoMA Accession Number:
972.2008
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