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Cat. No. 839, unique variant 10, in 1257

Untitled, no. 2 of 3, from the series, Evening of My Life

State/Variant:
Only state, unique variant
Date:
2007
Series:
Evening of My Life (View All)
Themes:
Abstraction, Fabric Works, Nature
Techniques:
Etching
Description:
panel (a): Soft ground etching, with hand additions
panel (b): Pencil
panel (c): Soft ground etchings
Support:
panels (a) and (b): Paper
panel (c): Two pieces of fabric mounted on paper
Dimensions:
plate (each): 55 1/8 × 7 7/8" (140 × 20 cm); sheet (approx.): 60 × 72" (152.4 × 182.9 cm)
Signature:
panel (c): "LB" lower right comp., stitched in red thread.
Inscription:
panel (b): "The leaves tremble / but / the roots are deep / and strong" center sheet, pencil, artist's hand.
Publisher:
Osiris, New York
Printer:
Wingate Studio, Hinsdale, NH
Edition:
Unique
Impression:
Not numbered
Edition Information:
This is one of 20 unique variants outside the edition to incorporate this plate, printed alone or in combination with other plates in multi-panel works. They all include extensive hand additions and sometimes partial inking of the plate. When the plate is used alone (sometimes printed twice on the same sheet), the work is included in the Evolving Composition Diagram. When it is printed with another plate, it is included in Related Works in the Catalogue.

See Evolving Composition Diagram:
“Couple”
“Swaying”
“Swaying”
“Swaying”
“Swaying”
"Swaying"
"Swaying"
“Tous Les Deux (Swaying)”
Untitled, plate 1 of 5, from the illustrated book, “Duration and Intensité”
Untitled, no. 2 of 3, from the series, "Evening of My Life"
"Where My Motivation Comes From"

See Related Works in the Catalogue:
“Eccentric Growth I”
“Eccentric Growth II”
“Eccentric Growth III”
“Eccentric Growth IV”
“Eccentric Growth V”
“Eccentric Growth VI”
("Eccentric Growth VII" was destroyed by the artist)
“Eccentric Growth VIII”
“Eccentric Growth IX”
Untitled, no. 4 of 4, from the series, "Inner Truths or Outer Truths"

About the "Swaying" edition:
Within the edition, selective wiping varies slightly from impression to impression. There is 1 known impression of the only state outside the edition.
Background:
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.
Installation Remarks:
This composition is one of 3 that constitute a single work of art. All of the compositions are to be exhibited together in the indicated sequence.
Curatorial Remarks:
The hand additions and paper type could not be documented because this work is not in MoMA's Collection and could not be examined in person. The plate dimensions are from an impression in MoMA's Collection. The overall mediums and sheet dimensions for the series were provided by the Louise Bourgeois Studio.

Swaying
2006-2007

States

Louise Bourgeois. Swaying. 2006
Swaying
Only state, variant
2006
Published Louise Bourgeois. Swaying. 2006
Swaying
Only state
2006

Unique Variants

Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Couple. 2006
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Couple
Only state, unique variant
2006
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Swaying. 2006
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Swaying
Only state, unique variant
2006
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Swaying. 2006
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Swaying
Only state, unique variant
2006
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Swaying. 2006
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Swaying
Only state, unique variant
2006
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Swaying. 2006
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Swaying
Only state, unique variant
2006
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Swaying. 2006
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Swaying
Only state, unique variant
2006
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Swaying. 2006
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Swaying
Only state, unique variant
2006
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Tous Les Deux (Swaying). 2006
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Tous Les Deux (Swaying)
Only state, unique variant
2006
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, plate 1 of 5, from the illustrated book, Duration and Intensité. 2007
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Untitled, plate 1 of 5, from the illustrated book, Duration and Intensité
Only state, unique variant
2007
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 2 of 3, from the series, Evening of My Life. 2007
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Untitled, no. 2 of 3, from the series, Evening of My Life
Only state, unique variant
2007
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Where My Motivation Comes From. 2007
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Where My Motivation Comes From
Only state, unique variant
2007

Illustrated Book
2007

NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Duration and Intensité. 2007
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Duration and Intensité
2007
More About This Work

Series
2007

NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois.  Evening of My Life. 2007
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Evening of My Life
2007
More About This Work

Louise Bourgeois,

Evening of My Life,

New York, Osiris, 2007

Bourgeois's entire text for this series appears on the panels cited below.

No. 1:
echo of the morning
the return of the light

No. 2:
The leaves tremble
but
the roots are deep
and strong

No. 3:
moist
afternoon
evening
of
my
life