Drypoint, with selective wiping, and black ink additions
plate: 4 3/4 x 5 11/16" (12 x 14.5 cm); sheet: 7 3/4 x 8 1/2" (19.7 x 21.6 cm)
"LB" right lower margin, stitched in red thread.
6 known variant impressions of state VIII on fabric
Proof outside the illustrated book edition of state VIII on paper, and before the illustrated book edition of state IX on fabric.
This impression is part of an initialed, but unpublished series.
There are several unpublished but signed formats of “The Laws of Nature:” a series on fabric, printed in black, in 2 known examples; a series on fabric, printed in red, in 1 known example; and a series on a scarf, printed in black, with the plates in a different order. (See the Evolving Composition Diagram.) The states of the plates within the various series sometimes differ from the states of the plates within the published editions.
There are also two sets of plates, printed in red, with no signatures. One set, from c. 2003, is on silk; the other, from c. 2006, is on paper. Since the prints in these sets have no signatures, the sets are not considered to be completed series.
There is 1 additional initialed impression of this composition on fabric, printed in black. It does not make up part of a series and is not reproduced due to its similarity to the impression seen here.
State Changes and Additions:
Changes from state VII in drypoint: female figure's hair further delineated.
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.
The dimensions of this impression could not be documented beacuse this work is not in MoMA's Collection and could not be examined in person. The plate dimensions are from the published impression on paper in MoMA's Collection. Plate dimensions of fabric works often vary slightly due to stretching. Sheet dimensions were provided by the Louise Bourgeois Studio.
The hand additions in this series could not be examined; information was provided by the Louise Bourgeois Studio.
In contrast to the designation "illustrated book," which contains text, this catalogue designates as a "series" those instances where there is no text accompanying a group of related plates.
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