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Cat. No. 646/I, variant 3

Don't Put Your Foot in Your Mouth

State/Variant:
State I of II, variant
Date:
1999
Themes:
Body Parts, Figures, Music
Techniques:
Drypoint
Description:
Drypoint, with chine collé, and pencil, black ink, and puncture hole additions
Support:
Smooth, wove paper with music paper chine collé
Dimensions:
plate: 11 7/8 x 9 15/16" (30.2 x 25.2 cm); sheet: 16 9/16 x 14 1/16" (42 x 35.7cm)
Signature:
"LB" lower right margin, black ink.
Inscription:
"AP" lower left margin, black ink, artist's hand. Verso: "burin The hole" lower right sheet, pencil, artist's hand.
Publisher:
unpublished
Printer:
Harlan & Weaver, New York
Edition:
4 known variant impressions of state I
Impression:
Not numbered
Edition Information:
Proof before the editioning of state II.

The "AP" inscription, in the artist's hand, does not indicate a conventional A.P. impression, which would be of the final state.
Artist’s Remarks:
Inscribed on the verso of the source drawing: "De Rage ou se devore / le pied. / You certainly put your / foot in your mouth. / You walk on egg shells. / Caught on the way out. / Eat your words. / Shoot yourself in the foot. / Shoot yourself in the foot / at Moma you should not put your / foot in your mouth / spill the beans"
Curatorial Remarks:
Publisher Harlan & Weaver groups the editioned state of this composition with ten other drypoints of 1999, under the title, “11 Drypoints.” Each of the 11 compositions can be displayed individually. The full set is as follows:
“The Accident”
“The Angry Cat”
“Don’t Put Your Foot in Your Mouth”
“Fear”
“Feet (Socks)”
“Fences Are Obsolete”
“Madeleine”
“Mosquito”
“Mother and Child”
“Please Hang in There”
“The Smell of the Feet”
Bibliography:
Malbert, Roger, and Juliet Mitchell. "Louise Bourgeois: Autobiographical Prints." London: Hayward, 2016. (Catalogue accompanying the touring exhibition "Louise Bourgeois Prints: Autobiographical Series and 11 Drypoints".)
MoMA Credit Line:
Gift of the artist
MoMA Accession Number:
895.2008
This Work in Other Collections:
The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs, The New York Public Library (state II)

Don't Put Your Foot in Your Mouth
1999

Source
1998

NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Put Your Foot In Your Mouth. 1998
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Put Your Foot In Your Mouth
Ink, pencil, and white correction fluid on paper
1998

States

Louise Bourgeois. Don't Put Your Foot in Your Mouth. 1999
State I of II, variant
1999
Louise Bourgeois. Don't Put Your Foot in Your Mouth. 1999
State I of II, variant
1999
Louise Bourgeois. Don't Put Your Foot in Your Mouth. 1999
State I of II, variant
1999
Louise Bourgeois. Don't Put Your Foot in Your Mouth. 1999
State I of II, variant
1999
Published Louise Bourgeois. Don't Put Your Foot in Your Mouth. 1999
State II of II
1999