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Cat. No. 1175, unique variant 4, in 1375 (set 2)

Untitled, no. 37 of 48 in La Rivière Gentille (set 2), from the series of installation sets (1-3)

State/Variant:
Only state, unique variant
Date:
2007
Series:
La Rivière Gentille (set 2), from the series of installation sets (1-3) (View All)
Descriptive Title:
English translation: "The Sweet River"; "The Gentle River"
Themes:
Abstraction, Music, Nature
Techniques:
Etching
Description:
Soft ground etching
Support:
Music paper; staves drawn in pencil
Dimensions:
sheet (approx.): 16 × 40" (40.6 × 101.6 cm)
Signature:
Not signed
Inscription:
"Botton ?" right lower margin, pencil, unknown hand.
Publisher:
Osiris, New York
Printer:
Wingate Studio, Hinsdale, NH
Edition:
Unique
Impression:
Set 2
Edition Information:
The series of installation sets “La Rivière Gentille” (1-3) is not a traditional edition in that each set is unique. Each set has a different number of sheets and is comprised of different etchings and drawings.

All three sets incorporate plates 1-7 that when printed together form the tall, vertical composition "Look Up!” seen in Related Works in the Catalogue below. Plates 1-7 are numbered according to their position from top to bottom in “Look Up!,” the only composition that uses all seven plates. Of the seven plates, only plates 1, 2, 3, 5, and 6 are used in “La Rivière Gentille.” Throughout the series, the unique variants combine two to four plates, which are printed side by side horizontally to appear seamless.

The unique variants of plates 1-7 in “La Rivière Gentille” are in the same Evolving Composition Diagram as “Look Up!” They are organized in rows according to the combination of plates used. The etchings in set 3 only use these plates, while sets 1 and 2 incorporate etchings that also appear in other series and editions.

In set 2, the 17 of 48 panels that include etching are: Nos. 2, 8, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 20, 21, 23, 27, 31, 35, 36, 37, 39, and 40.
State Changes and Additions:
Matrices:
There are 4 unique variants of this composition. It appears in "Nothing to Remember" (sets 3 and 6) from the series of 6 folio sets, as well as in "La Rivière Gentille" (set 2) from the series of 3 installation sets.
Background:
Proximity to rivers was of importance to the Bourgeois family's tapestry restoration business. This connection to rivers remained with the artist long after her childhood and inspired a number of projects, including "Point d'Ironie" and "Ode à la Bièvre," seen in Related Works in the Catalogue below.

Benjamin Shiff, the director of the Osiris imprint, collaborated with Bourgeois in a highly experimental phase of printmaking that occupied the last years of her life, from 2005 to 2010. He first established a working relationship with the artist in the 1990s, but the late period is particularly noteworthy for the innovative and complex large-scale projects that evolved at that time. Shiff made use of professional workshops for printing, but he oversaw the creation of the printing plates as Bourgeois worked on them in her home studio. He also provided assistance as she added extensive hand additions and texts, and as she combined individual compositions into multi-panel works and illustrated books.
Installation Remarks:
This sheet is one in a set of 48 sheets that constitutes a single work of art. All of these compositions are to be exhibited together in the indicated sequence, in consultation with the Louise Bourgeois Studio.
Curatorial Remarks:
The mediums on this sheet could not be documented because this work is not in MoMA's Collection and could not be examined in person. The overall mediums for the set were provided by the Louise Bourgeois Studio.

No. 25, from the series of folio sets, Nothing to Remember (1-6); No. 37 of 48, in La...
2004-2006

Unique Variants

Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 25, in Nothing to Remember (set 3), from the series of folio sets (1-6). 2004-2006
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Untitled, no. 25, in Nothing to Remember (set 3), from the series of folio sets (1-6)
Only state, unique variant
2004-2006
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 25, in Nothing to Remember (set 6), from the series of folio sets (1-6). 2004-2006
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Untitled, no. 25, in Nothing to Remember (set 6), from the series of folio sets (1-6)
Only state, unique variant
2004-2006
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 25, in Nothing to Remember (set 6), from the series of folio sets (1-6). 2004-2006
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Untitled, no. 25, in Nothing to Remember (set 6), from the series of folio sets (1-6)
Only state, unique variant
2004-2006
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 37 of 48 in La Rivière Gentille (set 2), from the series of installation sets (1-3). 2007
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Untitled, no. 37 of 48 in La Rivière Gentille (set 2), from the series of installation sets (1-3)
Only state, unique variant
2007

Series
2004-2006

NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Nothing to Remember. 2004-2006
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Nothing to Remember
2004-2006
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Series
2007

NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. La Rivière Gentille (set 2), from the series of installation sets (1-3). 2007
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION La Rivière Gentille (set 2), from the...
2007
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