panels (a): Soft ground etching, with white and blue gouache, red watercolor, and pencil additions panel (b): Pencil panel (c): Soft ground etching, with white and blue gouache, and pencil additions panel (d): Soft ground etchings, with hand additions (see Curatorial Remarks)
panels (a), (b), (c): Smooth, wove handmade paper panel (d): Fabric over paper
panel (d): "LB" lower right comp., stitched in red thread.
panel (b): "This / need / to grow" center sheet, pencil, artist's hand. panel (c): "obsessive miniscules éléments / géométrique circulaire patterns / repeated indéfiniment / expresses the fear not to be" lower center comp., pencil, artist's hand.
Matrices: This 4-panel composition is made up of plates that were issued in 3 separate editions, which are listed below and can be seen in Related Works in the Catalogue.
panel (a): plate from "The Prey of an Anxiety"
panel (c): plate from "Incognito"
panel (d): plates from "The Chain of Events" and "Incognito" "The Chain of Events" is printed on sheer fabric that overlaps "Incognito" printed on paper.
Benjamin Shiff, the director of the Osiris imprint, collaborated with Bourgeois in a highly experimental phase of printmaking that occupied the last years of her life, from 2005 to 2010. He first established a working relationship with the artist in the 1990s, but the late period is particularly noteworthy for the innovative and complex large-scale projects that evolved at that time. Shiff made use of professional workshops for printing, but he oversaw the creation of the printing plates as Bourgeois worked on them in her home studio. He also provided assistance as she added extensive hand additions and texts, and as she combined individual compositions into multi-panel works and illustrated books.
This composition is one of 3 that constitute a single work of art. All of these compositions are to be exhibited together in the indicated sequence.
The plate dimensions are from the impressions in MoMA's Collection. The sheet dimensions were provided by the Louise Bourgeois Studio.
The hand additions on panel (d) are on the paper, which is covered by fabric. It is thus difficult to determine the mediums of the hand additions. The hand additions might be red, white, and blue gouache or watercolor additions. There are also some spots of blue watercolor on the fabric.
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