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Cat. No. 653/III, variant 2

Bébé Joufflu

State/Variant:
State III of III, variant
Date:
2003
Alternate Title:
The Big Baby; Paulo, Baby of the Art World
Descriptive Title:
English translation: "Big Cheeked Baby"
Themes:
Figures
Techniques:
Drypoint, Engraving
Description:
Drypoint and engraving, with selective wiping
Support:
Smooth, wove paper
Dimensions:
plate: 9 15/16 x 7 7/8" (25.2 x 20 cm); sheet: 13 7/8 x 11 1/4" (35.2 x 28.6 cm)
Signature:
Not signed
Publisher:
unpublished
Printer:
Harlan & Weaver, New York
Edition:
3 known variant impressions of state III
Impression:
Not numbered
Edition Information:
Not issued as a published edition at any state.

The additional known impression of state III is in the collection of Tate Modern, London. It is signed "LB" in the lower right margin and inscribed "AP" in the lower left margin, both in red ink. The "AP" inscription, in the artist's hand, does not indicate a conventional A.P. impression, as "Bébé Joufflu" was not issued as a published edition at any state.

It is also inscribed "To Rosamond and John / Love, / Louise" in the lower middle margin in red ink. The inscription refers to the author and editor Rosamond Bernier (1916-2016) and her husband, art critic John Russell (1919-2008), who were close friends of Bourgeois's.
State Changes and Additions:
Changes from state II, in engraving: lines reinforced throughout; hair increased.
Curatorial Remarks:
Printer Felix Harlan of Harlan & Weaver remembers Bourgeois using the working title, "The Big Baby," for this composition. However, the Louise Bourgeois Studio has designated the title to be the same as that of the source drawing: "Bébé Joufflu." This drawing was exhibited in "Louise Bourgeois Drawings and Sculpture" at Kunsthaus Bregenz in 2002. The accompanying catalogue lists the title incorrectly as "Bébé Jousslu."

Previous MoMA cataloguers used the title, "Paulo, Baby of the Art World," based on the inscription on the verso of State I. That inscription refers to Paulo Herkenhoff, the Brazilian curator and critic with whom Bourgeois had a longstanding friendship and professional relationship. As a gift for Herkenhoff, Bourgeois made the 2002 composition "Ex Libris (for Paulo Herkenhoff)," seen below in Related Works in Other Mediums.
MoMA Credit Line:
Gift of the artist
MoMA Accession Number:
1644.2008
This Work in Other Collections:
Tate Modern, London

Bébé Joufflu
2002-2003

Source
2002

NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Bébé Joufflu. 2002
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Bébé Joufflu
Ink, pencil, and correction fluid on paper
2002

States

Louise Bourgeois. Bébé Joufflu. 2002
State I of III
2002
Louise Bourgeois. Bébé Joufflu. 2002
State II of III
2002
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Bébé Joufflu. 2002
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION State III of III, variant
2002
Louise Bourgeois. Bébé Joufflu. 2003
State III of III, variant
2003