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Cat. No. 1250

Sainte Nitouche

Date:
2009
Themes:
Abstraction, Body Parts, Fabric Works, Figures
Techniques:
Etching
Description:
Series of 3 compositions: 7 soft ground etchings, with watercolor, gouache, ink, colored pencil, pencil, and fabric collage additions
Support:
See individual.
Dimensions:
Plate and sheet sizes vary. See individual.
Signature:
See individual.
Publisher:
Osiris, New York
Printer:
Wingate Studio, Hinsdale, NH
Edition:
Unique
Impression:
Not numbered
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.
Installation Remarks:
This series of 3 compositions constitutes a single work of art. All of these compositions are to be exhibited together in the indicated sequence.
Curatorial Remarks:
The hand additions and paper type on individual sheets throughout the series 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 impressions in MoMA's Collection. The overall mediums and sheet dimensions for the series were provided by the Louise Bourgeois Studio.

A "sainte nitouche" is a goody two-shoes.

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  • NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 1 of 3, from the series, Sainte Nitouche. 2009
    Untitled, no. 1 of 3, from the...
    Unique variant
    2009
    Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 1 of 3, from the series, Sainte Nitouche. 2009
  • NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 2 of 3, from the series, Sainte Nitouche. 2009
    Untitled, no. 2 of 3, from the...
    Only state, unique variant
    2009
    Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 2 of 3, from the series, Sainte Nitouche. 2009
  • NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 3 of 3, from the series, Sainte Nitouche. 2009
    Untitled, no. 3 of 3, from the...
    Only state, unique variant
    2009
    Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 3 of 3, from the series, Sainte Nitouche. 2009

Louise Bourgeois,

Sainte Nitouche,

New York, Osiris, 2009

Bourgeois's entire text for this series appears on the panels cited below.

No. 1:
Saint
Nitouche
une histoire
de
Louise
Bourgeois

No. 2:
What you
look like
what you wear
ma
vie
vie
vie
vie
secrète
la vie secrète
I am a consumer
and
a lover

No. 3:
viens le soir descend
et leur heure est charmeuse
viens toi si frileuse
la nuit avancée en
manteau descend
puis l'air est si doux
si plein de promesses
ou sent la caresse
des mots d'amour
qu'en écoute à genoux
What do you
think
of
me

French to English translations by Richard Sieburth and Françoise Gramet.
No. 1:
Goodie
Two Shoes
a story
by
Louise
Bourgeois

No. 2:
What you
look like
what you wear
my
life
life
life
life
secret
the secret life
I am a consumer
and
a lover

No. 3:
come, night is falling,
the hour is enticing
come, fear not the cold,
the falling night
like a cloak is spreading
the air is so mild
so full of promises
one feels the caress
of words of love
heard on bended knee
What do you
think
of
me