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LOUISE BOURGEOIS: COMPLETE BOOKS & PRINTS

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Cat. No. 681/I

Personage

State/Variant:
State I of II
Date:
c. 1948
Alternate Title:
Personage Top Heavy
Themes:
Abstraction, Figures, Nature
Techniques:
Etching
Description:
Soft ground etching, with selective wiping
Support:
Smooth, wove paper
Dimensions:
plate: 6 15/16 x 5 3/8" (17.6 x 13.6 cm); sheet: 9 13/16 x 6 1/2" (25 x 16.5 cm)
Signature:
"Louise Bourgeois" lower right margin, pencil.
Inscription:
"état I" lower right margin, pencil, artist's hand. Verso: "personage / top heavy / soft ground / 22 [circled]" center sheet, pencil, artist's hand.
Publisher:
unpublished
Printer:
The artist at Atelier 17, New York
Edition:
1 known impression of state I
Impression:
Not numbered
Edition Information:
Not issued as a published edition at any state.
Curatorial Remarks:
In the second half of the 1940s, Bourgeois spent time at Atelier 17, the print workshop of Stanley William Hayter. The workshop had transferred operations from Paris to New York during the war years. It is not known precisely which prints she made at the workshop since she also worked at home on a small press. The designation of “the artist at Atelier 17” as printer means that the impression was likely made at the workshop. The designation is based on dates, inscriptions, techniques favored at Atelier 17, and/or stylistic similarities to images in the illustrated book “He Disappeared into Complete Silence,” which the artist repeatedly cited as having been made at Atelier 17. It is also possible that Bourgeois worked on certain plates both at home and at the workshop, or pulled impressions at both places.
Former Cat. No.:
W & S 59
MoMA Credit Line:
Gift of the artist
MoMA Accession Number:
156.1990.1

Personage
c. 1948

States

Louise Bourgeois. Personage. c. 1948
State I of II
c. 1948
Louise Bourgeois. Personage. c. 1948
State II of II
c. 1948