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Cat. No. 1071/B, variant

Arched Figure

State/Variant:
Component B: version 1 of 3, only state, variant
Date:
1992-1993
Themes:
Figures, Motherhood & Family
Techniques:
Drypoint
Description:
Drypoint
Support:
Smooth, wove Somerset paper
Dimensions:
plate: 7 15/16 x 14 15/16" (20.1 x 37.9 cm); sheet: 22 1/16 x 30 5/16" (56 x 77 cm)
Signature:
"LB 1992" lower right margin, pencil.
Publisher:
unpublished
Printer:
Harlan & Weaver, New York
Edition:
2 known variant impressions of version 1, outside the edition
Impression:
Not numbered
Edition Information:
The other known variant impression of version 1, including chine collé, is not illustrated. It is in the collection of The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.










This composition was issued as 4 separate editions:

Single sheet: “Arched Figure”: 50; plus 10 P.P. (numbered I/X-X/X)

Diptych: “Diptych for the Red Room”: 3

Triptych 1: “Arch of Hysteria” (photocopy; reduced size): 3 completed, of an announced edition of 7

Triptych 2: “Triptych for the Red Room”: 30; plus 10 A.P.

In the evolution of “Triptych for the Red Room,” the artist worked with impressions of components A, B, and C at various states. She also combined impressions at various states to create 6 unnumbered triptychs: three signed, with hand additions; two signed, with no hand additions; one unsigned, with no hand additions.

The Evolving Composition Diagram includes all works described above.

There are 4 printer's studies in MoMA's Collection (Accession Numbers: 470.2010, 471.2010, 472.2010, 473.2010). They are not illustrated here.
State Changes and Additions:
Matrices:
The progression of this composition involved 13 plates as well as photocopy versions of each component. The 13 plates included linear elements of the composition in drypoint and engraving; aquatint shading in the figures’ bodies; and various aquatint backgrounds.

State Changes:
Given the complexity of the development of this composition, the Evolving Composition Diagram is arranged by Component (A, B, and C for each sheet of this 3-sheet composition) and Format (single sheet, diptych and triptych) rather than by State and Version. State and Version changes are described, but specific plates (of the 13 utilized for this composition) are not identified.

Proof before the plate was steel faced.
Background:
"Triptych for the Red Room" was first exhibited in 1994 at Peter Blum Gallery with Bourgeois' related dual installation pieces, "Red Room (Parents)" and "Red Room (Child)" (see Related Works in Other Mediums).
Artist’s Remarks:
"You can tell by the mouth... she is obviously hysterical. This is the child threatening to commit suicide. The couple is at the right. It is called, 'You better shape up because I can't take it anymore.' ... But, in defense of the parent... talking as a parent... you must let the chips fall where they may. If you do things to the best of your ability, you cannot be responsible... your intentions were good." (Quote cited in Wye, Deborah and Carol Smith. “The Prints of Louise Bourgeois.” New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 1994, p. 213.)
Curatorial Remarks:
Catalogue Numbers for the various impressions refer to their location within the Evolving Composition Diagram, rather than to the version or state.
Former Cat. No.:
W & S 125
MoMA Accession Number:
548.1993

Arched Figure; Arch of Hysteria; Diptych for the Red Room; Triptych for the Red...
1992-2000

Source
1992

NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Altered States. 1992
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Altered States
Gouache, ink, and pencil on paper
1992

Source
1992

NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Arch of Hysteria (double-sided). 1992
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Arch of Hysteria (double-sided)
Ink, pencil, and crayon on graph paper
1992

Source
1991

NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled. 1991
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Untitled
Watercolor and ink on paper
1991

Component A

NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Triptych for the Red Room. 1994
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Triptych for the Red Room
Component A: version 2 of 2, state VI of VIII
1994

Study for Component B

NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled (Study for Arch of Hysteria). 1992
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Untitled (Study for Arch of Hysteria)
Study
1992

Component B

Louise Bourgeois. Arched Figure. 1992-1993
Arched Figure
Component B: version 1 of 3, only state, variant
1992-1993
Published Louise Bourgeois. Arched Figure. 1992
Arched Figure
Component B: version 1 of 3, only state
1992

Component C

Louise Bourgeois. Triptych for the Red Room. 1994
Triptych for the Red Room
Component C: version 2 of 2, state V of IX
1994
Louise Bourgeois. Triptych for the Red Room. 1994
Triptych for the Red Room
Component C: version 2 of 2, state VII of IX
1994
Louise Bourgeois. Triptych for the Red Room. 1994
Triptych for the Red Room
Component C: version 2 of 2, state VIII of IX
1994

Diptych

Published Louise Bourgeois. Diptych for the Red Room. 1994
Diptych for the Red Room
Component A: version 2 of 2, state III of VIII; Component C: version 2 of 2, state III of IX
1994

Triptych

Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Arch of Hysteria. 1994
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Arch of Hysteria
Component A: version 1 of 2, only state; Component B: version 2 of 3, only state; Component C: version 1 of 2, only state
1994
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Arch of Hysteria. 1994
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Arch of Hysteria
Component A: version 1 of 2, only state; Component B: version 2 of 3, only state; Component C: version 1 of 2, only state
1994
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Arch of Hysteria. 1994
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Arch of Hysteria
Component A: version 1 of 2, only state; Component B: version 2 of 3, only state; Component C: version 1 of 2, only state
1994
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Triptych for the Red Room. 1994
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Triptych for the Red Room
Component A: version 2 of 2, state I of VIII; Component B: version 3 of 3, state I of VI; Component C: version 2 of 2, state I of IX
1994
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Triptych for the Red Room. 1994
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Triptych for the Red Room
Component A: version 2 of 2, state II of VIII; Component B: version 3 of 3, state II of VI; Component C: version 2 of 2, state II of IX
1994
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Triptych for the Red Room. 1994-2000
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Triptych for the Red Room
Component A: version 2 of 2, state III of VIII; Component B: version 3 of 3, state IV of VI, variant; Component C: version 2 of 2, state III of IX
1994-2000
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Triptych for the Red Room. 1994
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Triptych for the Red Room
Component A: version 2 of 2, state IV of VIII; Component B: version 3 of 3, state III of VI, variant; Component C: version 2 of 2, state IV of IX
1994
Louise Bourgeois. Triptych for the Red Room. 1994
Triptych for the Red Room
Component A: version 2 of 2, state V of VIII; Component B: version 3 of 3, state V of VI; Component C: version 2 of 2, state VI of IX
1994
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Triptych for the Red Room. 1994
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Triptych for the Red Room
Component A: version 2 of 2, state VII of VIII; Component B: version 3 of 3, state VI of VI; Component C: version 2 of 2, state IX of IX
1994
Published Louise Bourgeois. Triptych for the Red Room. 1994
Triptych for the Red Room
Component A: version 2 of 2, state VIII of VIII; Component B: version 3 of 3, state VI of VI; Component C: version 2 of 2, state IX of IX
1994