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Cat. No. 234.1

Femme

State/Variant:
Version 1 of 2, only state
Date:
2007
Alternate Title:
Eugénie Grandet
Descriptive Title:
English translation: "Woman"
Themes:
Body Parts, Fabric Works, Figures, Nature
Techniques:
Drypoint
Description:
Drypoint, with collage
Support:
Fabric
Dimensions:
plate: 6 x 4" (15.2 x 10.2 cm); sheet: 9 1/4 x 6 1/2" (23.5 x 16.5 cm)
Signature:
"LB" lower right margin, stitched in red thread.
Publisher:
unpublished
Printer:
Harlan & Weaver, New York
Edition:
2 known impressions of version 1, only state
Impression:
Not numbered
Edition Information:
Proof before the editioning of version 2, state III.

On the second known impression of "Femme" of this state, the distress markings are more visible, probably due to a difference in inking. In addition, the signature initials on that impression are stitched in black thread. The additional impression is not illustrated.
Background:
The Alternate Title "Eugénie Grandet" is derived from a novel by Honoré de Balzac, the plot of which involved the domination of a father over his daughter. Bourgeois identified with the situation. This composition, titled "Femme," ultimately led to a second version, titled "Eugénie Grandet." Inspired by an exhibition project for the Maison de Balzac in Paris, Bourgeois created a series of works based on the character Eugénie Grandet. The exhibition “Moi, Eugénie Grandet” took place 11/2/10-2/7/11 and included an accompanying catalogue with an essay by Jean Frémon.

Femme; Eugénie Grandet
2007-2008

First Version

NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Femme. 2007
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Femme
Version 1 of 2, only state
2007

Second Version

NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Eugénie Grandet. 2007
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Eugénie Grandet
Version 2 of 2, state I of III
2007
Louise Bourgeois. Eugénie Grandet. 2008
Eugénie Grandet
Version 2 of 2, state II of III
2008
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Femme. 2008
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Femme
Version 2 of 2, state III of III, variant
2008
Published Louise Bourgeois. Eugénie Grandet. 2008
Eugénie Grandet
Version 2 of 2, state III of III
2008
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Eugénie Grandet. 2008
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Eugénie Grandet
Version 2 of 2, state III of III
2008
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Eugénie Grandet. 2008
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Eugénie Grandet
Version 2 of 2, state III of III
2008