The "AP" inscription, in the artist's hand, does not indicate a conventional A.P. impression, which would be of the final state.
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"
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”
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".)
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Gift of the artist
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The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs, The New York Public Library (state II)
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