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Cat. No. 761/IV

Embracing the Tree II

State/Variant:
State IV of IV
Date:
2003
Themes:
Figures, Nature
Techniques:
Drypoint, Engraving
Description:
Drypoint and engraving
Support:
Smooth, wove paper
Dimensions:
plate: 9 15/16 x 7 1/2" (25.3 x 19 cm); sheet: 13 3/4 x 11 5/16" (35 x 28.8 cm)
Signature:
Not signed
Publisher:
unpublished
Printer:
Harlan & Weaver, New York
Edition:
2 known impressions of state IV
Impression:
Not numbered
Edition Information:
Not issued as a published edition at any state.
State Changes and Additions:
Changes from state III, in drypoint: shading added in shape in upper right composition; two horizontal lines added to lower composition.
Changes from state III, in engraving: large cloud shape, top of tree, and figure reinforced.
Background:
According to Bourgeois’s assistant, Jerry Gorovoy, the subject of this composition came from a ritual instigated by the artist’s friend, Paulo Herkenhoff, a Brazilian curator and critic, in the late 1990s. In celebration of Easter, Herkenhoff, Gorovoy, and Bourgeois went into her backyard on Good Friday and each kissed the ground. After a few years, it was difficult for the artist to get down to the ground so they modified the ritual and began to embrace a tree instead.
MoMA Credit Line:
Gift of the artist
MoMA Accession Number:
1470.2008

Embracing the Tree II
2001-2003

States

Louise Bourgeois. Embracing the Tree II. 2001
State I of IV
2001
Louise Bourgeois. Embracing the Tree II. 2001
State II of IV, variant
2001
Louise Bourgeois. Embracing the Tree II. 2001
State II of IV, variant
2001
Louise Bourgeois. Embracing the Tree II. 2003
State II of IV, variant
2003
Louise Bourgeois. Embracing the Tree II. 2003
State III of IV
2003
Louise Bourgeois. Embracing the Tree II. 2003
State IV of IV
2003
Louise Bourgeois. Embracing the Tree II. 2003
State IV of IV, variant
2003