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Cat. No. 482-488

The Woven Child

Date:
2003
Themes:
Abstraction, Body Parts, Fabric Works, Faces & Portraits, Figures, Motherhood & Family
Techniques:
Lithography, Other
Description:
Fabric portfolio with 6 woven compositions and 1 lithographed cover
Support:
Fabric
Dimensions:
sheet (each): 11 x 8 1/4" (27.9 x 20.9 cm); overall: 11 1/4 x 9 x 2" (28.6 x 22.9 x 5.1 cm)
Signature:
"LB" right lower front of cover, stitched in red thread.
"LB" verso each sheet, stitched.
Publisher:
unpublished
Printer:
SOLO Impression, New York
Edition:
Unique
Housing:
Unbound. Cloth cover with a ribbon tie.
Background:
The title of this portfolio comes from Bourgeois's voluminous writings—in her diaries, on loose sheets, or on the backs of drawings. The specific source and date are not known.

During the early 2000s, Bourgeois worked with SOLO Impression on the editioned version of "Ode à l'oubli," a book of fabric collages and two lithographed text pages. The phrases on those text pages came from her earlier writings. Inspired by that collaboration, Bourgeois created several other printed fabric works with lithographed texts or titles.
Installation Remarks:
The woven fabric compositions should be shown together, in the order indicated by the number on the back of each.
Curatorial Remarks:
The color and location of the signature and sheet number on the verso of each sheet within the portfolio is not documented because this work is not in MoMA's collection and could not be examined in person.

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  • NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. The Woven Child, cover. 2003
    The Woven Child, cover
    2003
    Louise Bourgeois. The Woven Child, cover. 2003
  • NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 1 of 6, from the portfolio, The Woven Child. 2003
    Untitled, no. 1 of 6, from the...
    2003
    Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 1 of 6, from the portfolio, The Woven Child. 2003
  • NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 2 of 6, from the portfolio, The Woven Child. 2003
    Untitled, no. 2 of 6, from the...
    2003
    Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 2 of 6, from the portfolio, The Woven Child. 2003
  • NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 3 of 6, from the portfolio, The Woven Child. 2003
    Untitled, no. 3 of 6, from the...
    2003
    Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 3 of 6, from the portfolio, The Woven Child. 2003
  • NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 4 of 6, from the portfolio, The Woven Child. 2003
    Untitled, no. 4 of 6, from the...
    2003
    Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 4 of 6, from the portfolio, The Woven Child. 2003
  • NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 5 of 6, from the portfolio, The Woven Child. 2003
    Untitled, no. 5 of 6, from the...
    2003
    Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 5 of 6, from the portfolio, The Woven Child. 2003
  • NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 6 of 6, from the portfolio, The Woven Child. 2003
    Untitled, no. 6 of 6, from the...
    2003
    Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 6 of 6, from the portfolio, The Woven Child. 2003