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Cat. No. 664/A/II

The Papillon, the Ray of Hope, no. 6 of 9, component A, from the series, What Is the Shape of This Problem?

State/Variant:
Component A: state II of II
Date:
1999
Themes:
Abstraction, Music
Techniques:
Lithography, Relief
Description:
Letterpress and lithograph
Support:
Smooth, wove Arches paper
Dimensions:
sheet: 12 × 17" (30.5 × 43.2 cm)
Signature:
"LB" right lower sheet, pencil.
Publisher:
Galerie Lelong, Paris,
Galerie Lelong, New York
Printer:
SOLO Impression, New York
Edition:
See diptych in Evolving Composition Diagram below.
Impression:
"AP 2" left lower sheet, pencil, unknown hand.
State Changes and Additions:
Matrices, component A:
Plate 1: overall composition; letterpress, printed in dark red.
Plate 2: music staves; lithography, printed in gray.
Plate 3: thicker lines reinforcing vertical columns; lithography, printed in light red.

State Changes:
Plate 3, printed over plate 2, printed over plate 1.
Changes from state I, by grinding: signature as well as several sketchier lines removed; composition refined overall.
Background:
The text in this series was taken from Bourgeois's diary entries, spanning some forty years. The images are based on drawings created in the 1990s. Printer Judith Solodkin of SOLO Impression made photo-enlargements of the drawings and transferred them to letterpress plates.
Installation Remarks:
Each diptych in this series constitutes a single composition and must be exhibited in a vertical configuration as illustrated, or alternatively, with the text on top of the image. The diptychs in the series may be exhibited together or separately, and there is no required sequence.
Curatorial Remarks:
This series was reproduced on a set of note cards as a merchandise item. A tote bag merchandise item was made from no. 9.
MoMA Credit Line:
Gift of the artist
MoMA Accession Number:
135.2000.7a
This Work in Other Collections:
Graphische Sammlung ETH Zürich, Switzerland
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Tate Modern, London

The Papillon, the Ray of Hope, no. 6 of 9, from the series, What Is the Shape of This Problem?
1999

Source
1997

NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Change the Direction of the Music Staff. 1997
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Change the Direction of the Music Staff
Ink on paper
1997

Component A

Louise Bourgeois. The Papillon, the Ray of Hope, no. 6 of 9, component A, from the series, What Is the Shape of This Problem? 1999
Component A: state I of II
1999
Published Louise Bourgeois. The Papillon, the Ray of Hope, no. 6 of 9, component A, from the series, What Is the Shape of This Problem? 1999
Component A: state II of II
1999

Component B

Published Louise Bourgeois. The Papillon, the Ray of Hope, no. 6 of 9, component B, from the series, What Is the Shape of This Problem? 1999
Component B: only state
1999

Diptych

Published Louise Bourgeois. The Papillon, the Ray of Hope, no. 6 of 9, component A, from the series, What Is the Shape of This Problem? 1999
Component A: state II of II; component B: only state
1999

Series
1999

Louise Bourgeois. What Is the Shape of This Problem? 1999
What Is the Shape of This Problem?
1999
More About This Work

Louise Bourgeois,

What Is the Shape of This Problem?,

New York: Galerie Lelong, 1999

No. 6 of 9
The papillon, the ray of hope.