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Cat. No. 1307, unique variant 1

Je Tombe dans tes Bras

State/Variant:
Unique variant
Date:
2007
Descriptive Title:
English translation: "I Fall in Your Arms"
Themes:
Abstraction, Figures
Techniques:
Aquatint
Description:
Aquatint, with watercolor, gouache, pencil, and paper collage
Support:
Paper
Dimensions:
sheet: 31 3/8 × 29" (79.7 × 73.7 cm)
Signature:
"LB" right lower margin, pencil. (Elements of letters reinforced.)
Inscription:
"Je tombe dans tes bras" lower middle margin, pencil, artist's hand.
Publisher:
Osiris, New York
Printer:
Wingate Studio, Hinsdale, NH
Edition:
Unique
Impression:
Not numbered
Edition Information:
This unique variant is one of two that combine plates from Untitled, 2007, compositions, seen in Related Works in the Catalogue. Here, the plate for one of the Untitled compositions is partially printed on the left side of the sheet; the plate for other Untitled composition is partially printed on the right side of the sheet. The second unique variant that combines these plates is seen in the Evolving Composition Diagram.
Background:
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.
Curatorial Remarks:
The color of the hand additions, plate size, and paper type could not be documented because this work is not in MoMA's Collection and could not be examined in person.

Je Tombe dans Tes Bras; The Encounter
2008

Unique Variants

Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Je Tombe dans tes Bras. 2007
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Je Tombe dans tes Bras
Unique variant
2007
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. The Encounter. 2008
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION The Encounter
Unique variant
2008