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LOUISE BOURGEOIS: COMPLETE BOOKS & PRINTS

Louise Bourgeois: Complete Books & Prints
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Cat. No. 356, variant 1

Ode au Pardon

State/Variant:
Only state, variant
Date:
c. 2004
Descriptive Title:
English translation: "Ode to Forgiving"
Themes:
Fabric Works, Words
Techniques:
Lithography
Description:
Lithograph
Support:
Fabric
Dimensions:
sheet: 8 3/4 x 8 1/4" (22.2 x 21 cm)
Signature:
"LB" right lower sheet, stitched in red thread.
Publisher:
Lison Editions, New York (Louise Bourgeois)
Printer:
SOLO Impression, New York
Edition:
3 known variant impressions of the only state
Impression:
Not numbered
Edition Information:
There are variations in the fabrics used in the 3 known impressions of this composition, as is commonly found in the old fabrics Bourgeois chose to use as printing surfaces. One example with a horizontal stripe pattern has not been reproduced, due to its similarity to the example seen in the Evolving Composition Diagram.
Background:
The text in this composition comes from Bourgeois's voluminous writings—in her diaries, on loose sheets, or on the verso of drawings. The specific source and date of this text 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 writings. Inspired by that collaboration, Bourgeois created several individual printed fabric works with lithographed texts.

Ode au Pardon
c. 2004

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Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Ode au Pardon. c. 2004
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Only state, variant
c. 2004
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Ode au Pardon. c. 2004
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Only state, variant
c. 2004