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Cat. No. 411/I, variant

Wishbone

State/Variant:
State I of III, variant
Date:
1999
Descriptive Title:
Double Wishbone and Dress
Themes:
Music, Objects
Techniques:
Drypoint
Description:
Drypoint, with chine collé, and pencil additions
Support:
Smooth, wove Somerset paper, with music paper chine collé
Dimensions:
plate: 15 7/8 x 11" (40.4 x 28 cm); sheet: 25 3/8 x 20 1/16" (64.5 x 51 cm)
Signature:
Not signed
Inscription:
"State 1" lower left margin, pencil, artist's hand (?); "wishbone 99." lower right margin, pencil, artist's hand.
Publisher:
unpublished
Printer:
Harlan & Weaver, New York
Edition:
2 known impressions of state I
Impression:
Not numbered
Edition Information:
Not issued as a published edition at any state.
State Changes and Additions:
Additions in pencil: large wishbone increased in scale, small wishbone further delineated, both anticipating state II.
Artist’s Remarks:
Inscribed on the verso of the source drawing: [drawing of hand clutching unknown object] upper right sheet, black ink and pencil, artist's hand; "Poupée uniform de nourrice, poupée jardinier, poupée charcutier, poupée / chemise, poupée monteau, poupée pantalon." lower left to lower right sheet, red ink, artist's hand; "Jan 10/98" right lower sheet, black ink, artist's hand; "Do not push your luck. Your gods are jealous." lower left to lower right sheet, pencil, artist's hand.

Louise Bourgeois Studio Translation: "Doll nurse uniform, doll gardener, doll pork butcher, doll / shirt, doll coat, doll pants. / Do not push your luck. / Your gods are jealous."

Inscribed on the verso of the study: "L'acoustic au fond de la mer." lower left to lower right sheet, pencil, artist's hand; "Le musicien sourd. oreille humaine. / etre à l'affut des bruits de la nuit" lower left to lower right sheet, blue ink, artist's hand; "Choir" lower right sheet, pencil, artist's hand; "Poupée, uniform de nourrice, poupée jardinier, poupée charcutier, poupée chemis / poupée, monteau, poupée pantalon. / Do not push your luck, gods would be jealous." lower left to lower right sheet, red ink, artist's hand.

Louise Bourgeios Studio Translation: "The sounds of the depths of the sea. / The deaf musician. human ear. / to be on the lookout for night noises / Choir / doll, nurse uniform, gardener doll, pork butcher doll, doll shirt / doll, jacket, doll pants / Do not push your luck, gods would be jealous."
MoMA Credit Line:
Gift of the artist
MoMA Accession Number:
817.2008
This Work in Other Collections:
Tate Modern, London (state III)

Wishbone
1998-1999

Source
1998

NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled. 1998
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Untitled
Ink and pencil on music paper
1998

Studies

NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled (Study for Wishbone). 1998
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Study
1998

States

Louise Bourgeois. Wishbone. 1999
State I of III
1999
Louise Bourgeois. Wishbone. 1999
State I of III, variant
1999
Louise Bourgeois. Wishbone. 1999
State II of III
1999
Louise Bourgeois. Wishbone. 1999
State II of III, variant
1999
Louise Bourgeois. Wishbone. 1999
State III of III
1999
Louise Bourgeois. Wishbone. 1999
State III of III, variant
1999