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Cat. No. 431/I

Untitled, plate 2 of 14, from the portfolio, Autobiographical Series

State/Variant:
State I of III
Date:
1993
Descriptive Title:
Birth
Themes:
Figures, Motherhood & Family
Techniques:
Drypoint
Description:
Drypoint, with blue and black ink additions
Support:
Smooth, wove paper
Dimensions:
plate: 9 7/16 x 7 3/16" (23.9 x 18.3 cm); sheet: 13 3/4 x 12 5/8" (35 x 32 cm)
Signature:
Not signed
Publisher:
unpublished
Printer:
Harlan & Weaver, New York
Edition:
1 known impression of state I
Impression:
Not numbered
Edition Information:
Proof before the editioning of state III.
State Changes and Additions:
Additions in blue ink: mother’s hair thickened, mother’s hands, feet, and breasts further delineated, baby’s eyelashes and ear further delineated, all anticipating state II.
Additions in black ink: mother’s hair thickened, anticipating state II.
Background:
Bourgeois was often inspired by the subjects of early drawings when creating works at much later dates. This 1994 portfolio is an example of a project based primarily on drawings from the 1940s and referring to her life in New York at that time. The exceptions are as follows: plate 1, based on a drawing from 1986 that references childbirth; plates 4 and 9, based on drawings from the 1940s but depicting memories of her childhood years in France; plate 11, most probably based on a drawing from the 1940s of a European hotel desk.
Curatorial Remarks:
Of the 14 plates in "Autobiographical Series," Bourgeois titled plates 6 and 12. The untitled plates have been assigned descriptive titles for cataloguing purposes.
MoMA Credit Line:
Gift of the artist
MoMA Accession Number:
602.1996
This Work in Other Collections:
Kunstmuseum Bern, Switzerland
Museu da Gravura Cidade de Curitiba, Brazil
Tate Modern, London

Untitled, plate 2 of 14, from the portfolio, Autobiographical Series
1993-1994

Source
1941

NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled. 1941
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Untitled
Ink on graph paper
1941

States

Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, plate 2 of 14, from the portfolio, Autobiographical Series. 1993
State I of III
1993
Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, plate 2 of 14, from the portfolio, Autobiographical Series. 1993
State II of III
1993
Published Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, plate 2 of 14, from the portfolio, Autobiographical Series. 1994
State III of III
1994

Portfolio
1994

Louise Bourgeois. Autobiographical Series. 1994
Autobiographical Series
1994
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