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Cat. No. 1138/II

The Liseuse

State/Variant:
State II of II
Date:
c. 1939
Descriptive Title:
English translation: "The Reader"
Themes:
Architecture, Figures, Objects
Techniques:
Relief
Description:
Woodcut, with additions in red and blue ink
Support:
Wove, Japanese paper
Dimensions:
composition: 14 × 9 13/16" (35.5 × 25 cm); sheet (top portion): 8 3/4 × 11 15/16" (22.3 × 30.4 cm); sheet (bottom portion): 8 7/8 × 6" (22.5 × 15.3 cm)
Signature:
Not signed
Inscription:
"The liseuse [erased]" lower left margin, pencil, artist's hand. Verso: "chinese paper as a [cut off]" bottom of lower left fragment, pencil, artist's hand.
Publisher:
unpublished
Printer:
The artist
Edition:
1 known impression of state II
Impression:
Not numbered
Edition Information:
Not issued as a published edition at any state.

State I is known only through microfilm (Archives of American Art, reel 54, frame 404; full sheet visible).
State Changes and Additions:
Matrices:
This composition included 2 different woodcut blocks.

Block 1: basic composition for all areas except figure, chair, and part of back wall; printed in blue.
Block 2: figure, chair, and part of back wall; printed in orange.

Changes from state I (known through microfilm), in woodcut: chair slightly altered; window panes removed.
Curatorial Remarks:
A segment of what appears to be missing lower left composition adhered to verso of upper sheet portion. A segment of newspaper adhered to verso of lower sheet portion. Removal of either segment would damage the sheet.
Former Cat. No.:
W & S 8
MoMA Credit Line:
Gift of the artist
MoMA Accession Number:
85.1994.a-b

The Liseuse
c. 1939

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Louise Bourgeois. The Liseuse. c. 1939
State II of II
c. 1939