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Cat. No. 689.2/I, variant 1

Happiness

State/Variant:
Version 2 of 2, state I of II, variant
Date:
2009
Descriptive Title:
Five Breasts
Themes:
Body Parts, Figures, Motherhood & Family, Nature
Techniques:
Drypoint
Description:
Drypoint
Support:
Paper
Dimensions:
plate: 4 15/16 × 6 15/16" (12.5 × 17.6 cm); sheet: 8 3/4 × 12 1/4" (22.2 × 31.1 cm)
Signature:
Not signed
Publisher:
unpublished
Printer:
Harlan & Weaver, New York
Edition:
2 known variant impressions of version 2, state I
Impression:
Not numbered
Edition Information:
Not issued as a published edition at any state.
State Changes and Additions:
Changes from version 1: breasts, mounds, and figures transferred to new plate in drypoint.
Curatorial Remarks:
Toward the end of her life, Bourgeois made a large body of red gouache drawings related to the theme of Motherhood & Family. Bourgeois usually made several iterations of each scene, exploring pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding, among other subjects related to new life. Some drawings were used as source works for print compositions. As the print composition evolved, Bourgeois continued to explore the same subject through drawing. See Related Works in Other Mediums below for examples.

The paper type could not be documented because this work is not in MoMA's Collection and could not be examined in person. The plate dimensions are from the impression of version 2 in MoMA's Collection. The sheet dimensions were provided by the Louise Bourgeois Studio.

Happiness
2009

Source
2009

NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Happiness. 2009
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Happiness
Gouache on paper
2009

First Version

Louise Bourgeois. Happiness. 2009
Version 1 of 2, state I of IV
2009
Louise Bourgeois. Happiness. 2009
Version 1 of 2, state II of IV
2009
Louise Bourgeois. Happiness. 2009
Version 1 of 2, state II of IV, variant
2009
Louise Bourgeois. Happiness. 2009
Version 1 of 2, state II of IV, variant
2009
Louise Bourgeois. Happiness. 2009
Version 1 of 2, state III of IV
2009
Louise Bourgeois. Happiness. 2009
Version 1 of 2, state IV of IV
2009

Second Version

NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Happiness. 2009
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Version 2 of 2, state I of II, variant
2009
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Happiness. 2009
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Version 2 of 2, state I of II, variant
2009
Louise Bourgeois. Happiness. 2009
Version 2 of 2, state II of II
2009