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Cat. No. 350/I, variant 2

Untitled, plate 1 of 5, from the illustrated book, The Laws of Nature

State/Variant:
State I of IX, variant
Date:
2000-2001
Themes:
Figures
Techniques:
Drypoint
Description:
Drypoint, with red and black ink, pencil and white gouache additions
Support:
Smooth, wove paper
Dimensions:
plate: 4 3/4 x 5 13/16" (12 x 14.7 cm); sheet (irreg.): 15 3/16 x 10 1/16" (38.5 x 25.5 cm)
Signature:
"LB" lower right margin, red ink. "LB" right lower margin, red ink.
Publisher:
unpublished
Printer:
Harlan & Weaver, New York
Edition:
2 known variant impressions of state I
Impression:
Not numbered
Edition Information:
Proof before the editioning of state VIII on paper and of state IX on fabric.
State Changes and Additions:
Additions in red ink, black ink, and pencil: female figure's hair, and groundline delineated, anticipating state III.
Additions in red ink and pencil: male figure's genitals delineated, anticipating state III.
Additions in red ink: male figure's features, hair, ears and Adams apple, and female figure's features and shoes delineated, anticipating state III; female figure's necklace and breasts delineated, anticipating state IV.
Background:
The artist told printer Felix Harlan that the figures in this series are playing an adult version of a French children's game, known as "faire des galipettes," meaning to do somersaults. In fact, the expression "faire des galipettes" is also slang for having sex, a punning reference that Bourgeois must have enjoyed.
MoMA Credit Line:
Gift of the artist
MoMA Accession Number:
1012.2008

Untitled, plate 1 of 5, from the illustrated book, The Laws of Nature
2003-2006

States

Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, plate 1 of 5, from the illustrated book, The Laws of Nature. 2000-2001
State I of IX, variant
2000-2001
Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, plate 1 of 5, from the illustrated book, The Laws of Nature. 2000-2001
State I of IX, variant
2000-2001
Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, plate1 of 5, from the illustrated book, The Laws of Nature. 2000-2001
State II of IX
2000-2001
Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, plate 1 of 5, from the illustrated book, The Laws of Nature. 2000-2001
State III of IX
2000-2001
Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, plate 1 of 5, from the illustrated book, The Laws of Nature. 2000-2001
State IV of IX
2000-2001
Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, plate 1 of 5, from the illustrated book, The Laws of Nature. 2000-2001
State V of IX
2000-2001
Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, plate 1 of 5, from the illustrated book, The Laws of Nature. 2001
State VI of IX
2001
Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, plate 1 of 5, from the illustrated book, The Laws of Nature. 2001
State VII of IX
2001
Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, plate 1 of 5, from the series, The Laws of Nature. c. 2003
State VIII of IX, variant
c. 2003
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, plate 1 of 5, from the series, The Laws of Nature. c. 2003
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION State VIII of IX, variant
c. 2003
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, plate 1 of 5, from the series, The Laws of Nature. c. 2003
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION State VIII of IX, variant
c. 2003
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, plate 1 of 5, from the series, The Laws of Nature. c. 2003
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION State VIII of IX, variant
c. 2003
Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, plate 1 of 5, from the illustrated book, The Laws of Nature. c. 2003
State VIII of IX, variant
c. 2003
Published Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, plate 1 of 5, from the illustrated book, The Laws of Nature. 2003
State VIII of IX
2003
Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, plate 1 of 5, from the illustrated book, The Laws of Nature. c. 2006
State IX of IX, variant
c. 2006
Published Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, plate 1 of 5, from the illustrated book, The Laws of Nature. 2006
State IX of IX
2006

Illustrated Book
2003

Louise Bourgeois. The Laws of Nature. 2003
The Laws of Nature
2003
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Illustrated Book
2006

Louise Bourgeois. The Laws of Nature. 2006
The Laws of Nature
2006
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c. 2003

Louise Bourgeois. The Laws of Nature. c. 2003
The Laws of Nature
c. 2003
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2001-2003

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NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION The Laws of Nature
2001-2003
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c. 2003

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c. 2003
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Series
c. 2003

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NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION The Laws of Nature
c. 2003
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