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Cat. No. 132/I

The Cross-Eyed Woman Giving Birth

State/Variant:
State I of II
Date:
2005
Themes:
Figures, Motherhood & Family
Techniques:
Drypoint
Description:
Drypoint, with red ink additions
Support:
Paper
Dimensions:
plate: 13 3/8 x 9 9/16" (34 x 24.3 cm); sheet: 16 x 11" (40.6 x 27.9 cm)
Signature:
"LB" right lower margin, pencil.
Publisher:
unpublished
Printer:
Harlan & Weaver, New York
Edition:
1 known impression of state I
Impression:
Not numbered
Edition Information:
Not issued as a published edition at any state.

The 2 known impressions of state II are on fabric.
State Changes and Additions:
Additions in red ink: necklace delineated and hair further delineated, anticipating state II; baby delineated; lines reinforced overall.
Background:
According to Bourgeois’s assistant, Jerry Gorovoy, the artist occasionally crossed her eyes to amuse her friends. Also, she admired the paintings of cross-eyed women by artist John Graham (1886-1961).
Curatorial Remarks:
The type of paper could not be documented because this work is not in MoMA's collection and could not be examined in person.

The plate dimensions of this impression also could not be documented. The plate dimensions given are from one of the impressions on fabric in MoMA’s collection. Dimensions of fabric works often vary slightly due to stretching.

The Cross-Eyed Woman Giving Birth
2005

States

NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. The Cross-Eyed Woman Giving Birth. 2005
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION State I of II
2005
Louise Bourgeois. The Cross-Eyed Woman Giving Birth. 2005
State II of II, variant
2005
Louise Bourgeois. The Cross-Eyed Woman Giving Birth. 2005
State II of II, variant
2005