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Cat. No. 230.2/I

Mother and Child

State/Variant:
Version 2 of 2, state I of III
Date:
1999
Themes:
Architecture, Figures, Motherhood & Family
Techniques:
Drypoint
Description:
Drypoint, with red ink and white gouache additions
Support:
Smooth, wove paper
Dimensions:
plate: 11 7/8 x 9 15/16" (30.2 x 25.3 cm); sheet: 17 1/16 x 14 1/16" (43 x 35.8 cm)
Signature:
Not signed
Publisher:
unpublished
Printer:
Harlan & Weaver, New York
Edition:
1 known impression of version 2, state I
Impression:
Not numbered
Edition Information:
Proof before the editioning of version 2, state III.
State Changes and Additions:
Changes from version 1, state II: nearly identical composition drawn on a new plate containing different distress markings.
Additions in red ink: female figure's hair and breasts further delineated, anticipating version 2, state II; child's genitals delineated, anticipating version 2, state III.
Curatorial Remarks:
Publisher Harlan & Weaver groups the editioned state of this composition on paper with ten other drypoints of 1999, under the title, “11 Drypoints.” Each of the 11 compositions can be displayed individually. The full set is as follows:
“The Accident”
“The Angry Cat”
“Don’t Put Your Foot in Your Mouth”
“Fear”
“Feet (Socks)”
“Fences Are Obsolete”
“Madeleine”
“Mosquito”
“Mother and Child”
“Please Hang in There”
“The Smell of the Feet”
Other Remarks:
Printer Harlan & Weaver does not recall the reason for making the very similar version 2 of this composition.

There is an artist's chop mark at the bottom right corner of this sheet: "LB" encased within a square. Harlan & Weaver has said that this chop mark was made during the time of the "He Disappeared into Complete Silence" second edition project. It was thought that a chop mark could distinguish the second edition from the first edition of 1947. That idea was abandoned, but the chop mark was used from time to time on various proofs.
Bibliography:
Malbert, Roger, and Juliet Mitchell. "Louise Bourgeois: Autobiographical Prints." London: Hayward, 2016. (Catalogue accompanying the touring exhibition "Louise Bourgeois Prints: Autobiographical Series and 11 Drypoints".)
MoMA Credit Line:
Gift of the artist
MoMA Accession Number:
921.2008
This Work in Other Collections:
The Detroit Institute of Arts, MI

Mother and Child
1999-2000

Source
1999

NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Reassuring Mother. 1999
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Reassuring Mother
Ink and correction fluid on paper
1999

First Version

Louise Bourgeois. Mother and Child. 1999
Version 1 of 2, state I of II
1999
Louise Bourgeois. Mother and Child. 1999
Version 1 of 2, state II of II
1999

Second Version

Louise Bourgeois. Mother and Child. 1999
Version 2 of 2, state I of III
1999
Louise Bourgeois. Mother and Child. 1999
Version 2 of 2, state II of III
1999
Louise Bourgeois. Mother and Child. 1999
Version 2 of 2, state III of III
1999
Louise Bourgeois. Mother and Child. 1999
Version 2 of 2, state III of III, variant
1999
Published Louise Bourgeois. Mother and Child. 1999
Version 2 of 2, state III of III
1999
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Mother and Child. 2000
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Version 2 of 2, state III of III
2000
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Mother and Child. 2000
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Version 2 of 2, state III of III
2000