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Cat. No. 352/III

Untitled, plate 3 of 5, from the illustrated book, The Laws of Nature

State/Variant:
State III of X
Date:
2000-2001
Themes:
Figures
Techniques:
Drypoint
Description:
Drypoint, with red, blue and black ink, white gouache and pencil additions
Support:
Smooth, wove paper
Dimensions:
plate: 4 3/4 x 5 13/16" (12 x 14.8 cm); sheet: 11 1/4 x 7 11/16" (28.5 x 19.5 cm)
Signature:
"LB" lower right margin, red ink.
Publisher:
unpublished
Printer:
Harlan & Weaver, New York
Edition:
1 known impression of state III
Impression:
Not numbered
Edition Information:
Proof before the editioning of state IX on paper and of state X on fabric.
State Changes and Additions:
Changes from state II in drypoint: female figure's hair and necklace delineated; male figure's hair delineated.
Additions in red ink: female figure's left nipple delineated, anticipating state VI; male figure's Adam's apple delineated, anticipating state VII; female figure's hair further delineated, anticipating state IV; male figure's hair further delineated, antiicipating state VIII; female figure's shoes further delineated, anticipating state VI.
Additions in black ink: curving ground line delineated, anticipating state VI.
Additions in white gouache: male figure's upper right arm masked out, anticipating re-configureation in state V.
Additions in pencil: female figure's features delineated, anticipating state V; her shoes further delineated, anticipating states VI and VII.
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:
1030.2008

Untitled, plate 3 of 5, from the illustrated book, The Laws of Nature
2003-2006

States

Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, plate 3 of 5, from the illustrated book, The Laws of Nature. 2000-2001
State I of X
2000-2001
Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, plate 3 of 5, from the illustrated book, The Laws of Nature. 2000-2001
State II of X
2000-2001
Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, plate 3 of 5, from the illustrated book, The Laws of Nature. 2000-2001
State III of X
2000-2001
Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, plate 3 of 5, from the illustrated book, The Laws of Nature. 2000-2001
State IV of X
2000-2001
Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, plate 3 of 5, from the illustrated book, The Laws of Nature. 2000-2001
State V of X
2000-2001
Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, plate 3 of 5, from the illustrated book, The Laws of Nature. 2000-2001
State VI of X
2000-2001
Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, plate 3 of 5, from the illustrated book, The Laws of Nature. 2000-2001
State VII of X, variant
2000-2001
Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, plate 3 of 5, from the illustrated book, The Laws of Nature. 2000-2001
State VII of X, variant
2000-2001
Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, plate 3 of 5, from the illustrated book, The Laws of Nature. 2001
State VIII of X
2001
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, plate 3 of 5, from the series, The Laws of Nature. c. 2003
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION State IX of X, variant
c. 2003
Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, plate 3 of 5, from the series, The Laws of Nature. c. 2003
State IX of X, variant
c. 2003
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, plate 3 of 5, from the series, The Laws of Nature. c. 2003
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION State IX of X, variant
c. 2003
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, plate 3 of 5, from the series, The Laws of Nature. c. 2003
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION State IX of X, variant
c. 2003
Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, plate 3 of 5, from the illustrated book, The Laws of Nature. c. 2003
Statae IX of X, variant
c. 2003
Published Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, plate 3 of 5, from the illustrated book, The Laws of Nature. 2003
State IX of X
2003
Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, plate 3 of 5, from the illustrated book, The Laws of Nature. c. 2006
State X of X, variant
c. 2006
Published Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, plate 3 of 5, from the illustrated book, The Laws of Nature. 2006
State X of X
2006

Illustrated Book
2003

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

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2006
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c. 2003

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