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Cat. No. 410/I

The Accident

State/Variant:
State I of II
Date:
1999
Alternate Title:
Atrocities Witnessed
Descriptive Title:
Woman with Crutch
Themes:
Figures, Objects
Techniques:
Drypoint
Description:
Drypoint, with red ink additions
Support:
Smooth, wove paper
Dimensions:
plate: 7 15/16 x 5 1/4" (20.2 x 13.4 cm); sheet: 11 x 8 1/8" (28 x 20.7 cm)
Signature:
Not signed
Inscription:
Verso: "ATROCITIES.-WITNESSED." center right sheet, black ink, artist's hand.
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unpublished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 II.
State Changes and Additions:
Additions in red ink: hair, anticipating state II.
Artist’s Remarks:
Inscribed on the verso of the source drawing: “La mère abandonée: exemple Pins him to the ground. / Perfe raison. / Boiteuse Bannister Daguerr. Brace. Breughel. and stick. / go one step back, one step back, another step back. / les mères abondonnées sur la glacier, Rings a Bell. / Bladder / Balustrade Cannes et Béquilles / Banister, walking stick and Brace / Bataille / de la / balustrade / trou du qu / trou d’éfé / Je vais te tuer avec mes béquilles dis le fils à sa mère / tu m'a tenu en béquille gare a toi / Henriette et sa canne / à la soup du salut en face, tout le monde a des / béquilles pour montrer l'escalier de pièrre (Breughel) / Brace and Brassière / fight to the finish”
Curatorial Remarks:
Publisher Harlan & Weaver groups the editioned state of this composition 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”
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:
932.2008

The Accident
1999

Source
1997

NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Fight to the Finish. 1997
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Fight to the Finish
Ink and pencil on paper
1997

States

Louise Bourgeois. The Accident. 1999
State I of II
1999
Louise Bourgeois. The Accident. 1999
State II of II, variant
1999
Louise Bourgeois. The Accident. 1999
State II of II, variant
1999
Published Louise Bourgeois. The Accident. 1999
State II of II
1999