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Cat. No. 232/II, variant 2

Noah's Ark

State/Variant:
State II of II, variant
Date:
2003
Descriptive Title:
Rain on a Boat
Themes:
Figures, Nature, Objects
Techniques:
Drypoint
Description:
Drypoint, with red ink, blue and red colored pencil, pencil, and white correction fluid additions
Dimensions:
plate: 6 15/16 x 10 13/16" (17.7 x 27.5 cm); sheet: 11 1/4 x 15 3/8" (28.6 x 39.1 cm)
Signature:
"LB" right lower margin, blue colored pencil.
Inscription:
Verso: "It rains 40 days and 40 nights / Noahs Arc July 5 2003"
Publisher:
unpublished
Printer:
Harlan & Weaver, New York
Edition:
3 known variant impressions of state II
Edition Information:
Not issued as a published edition at any state.
State Changes and Additions:
Changes from state I: plate cut horizontally, removing top portion of sky.
Background:
The partially erased inscription ("Noam Chamsky / Chomskey") on the source drawing refers to Noam Chomsky (1928- ), an American linguist, philosopher, and cognitive scientist. According to the Louise Bourgeois Studio, the artist did not know Chomsky personally. Noah's ark may have been a word association with Noam.
Artist’s Remarks:
Inscribed on the source drawing: "Leo / Noam Chamsky / Chomskey / New York Time: / Best Seller paper back / l'arch of Noah / arch of Noah" center right to upper center sheet (written horizontally, partially erased), pencil, artist's hand; "40 days and 40 nights, it Rains" upper left to upper center sheet, pencil, artist's hand.
Curatorial Remarks:
The type of paper and dimensions of this impression could not be documented because this impression is not in MoMA's Collection and could not be examined in person. The plate dimensions are from the impression of state II in MoMA’s Collection. The sheet dimensions were provided by the Louise Bourgeois Studio.

Noah's Ark
2002-2003

Source
2002

NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Noah's Ark. 2002
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Noah's Ark
Ink and pencil on paper
2002

Studies

Louise Bourgeois. Untitled (study for Noah's Ark). c. 2002
Study
c. 2002

States

Louise Bourgeois. Noah's Ark. c. 2002
State I of II
c. 2002
Louise Bourgeois. Noah's Ark. 2002
State II of II, variant
2002
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Noah's Ark. 2003
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION State II of II, variant
2003
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Noah's Ark. 2003
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION State II of II, variant
2003