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Cat. No. 132/II, variant 1

The Cross-Eyed Woman Giving Birth

State/Variant:
State II of II, variant
Date:
2005
Themes:
Fabric Works, Figures, Motherhood & Family
Techniques:
Drypoint
Description:
Drypoint, with red ink additions
Support:
Fabric
Dimensions:
plate: 13 3/8 x 9 9/16" (34 x 24.3 cm); sheet: 16 7/16 x 10 3/8" (41.7 x 26.3 cm)
Signature:
"LB" right lower margin, stitched in red thread.
Publisher:
unpublished
Printer:
Harlan & Weaver, New York
Edition:
2 known variant impressions of state II
Impression:
Not numbered
Edition Information:
Not issued as a published edition at any state.

The 2 known variant impressions of state II are both on fabric; the 1 known impression of state I is on paper.
State Changes and Additions:
Changes from state I in drypoint: necklace delineated; hair further delineated.
Additions in red ink: 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 plate dimensions of the 2 known impressions on fabric vary because of fabric stretching fluctuations during printing.
MoMA Credit Line:
Gift of the artist
MoMA Accession Number:
85.2012

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