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Cat. No. 456-479

Self Portrait

Date:
2009
Themes:
Body Parts, Fabric Works, Faces & Portraits, Figures, Motherhood & Family, Objects, Spiders
Techniques:
Drypoint
Description:
Series of 24 compositions: 24 drypoints, 1 with etching
Support:
Fabric
Dimensions:
plate (each): 4 15/16 x 3 3/8" (12.5 x 8.6 cm); sheet (each): 15 1/2 x 12 1/2" (39.4 x 31.8 cm)
Signature:
"LB" right lower margin each sheet, stitched in brown thread.
Publisher:
The artist
Printer:
Harlan & Weaver, New York
Edition:
5; plus 1 A.P.
Impression:
"No. 3/5" lower middle sheet verso each sheet, black ink, unknown hand.
Edition Information:
All 24 sheets that comprise set no. 1/5 are mounted on a single large table cloth and arranged in the formation of a clock. See the first work titled "Self Portrait" in Related Works in the Catalogue below. That composition includes, above the clock, at top left, one additional drypoint printed by Harlan & Weaver, New York, and at top middle and top right, two digital prints printed by Dyenamix, New York. Set nos. 2/5–5/5 and A.P. 1/1 do not include these three additional prints.

There are variations in the fabrics used in this edition, including scorching or staining, as is commonly found in the old fabrics Bourgeois chose to use as printing surfaces.

Dimensions vary slightly throughout the edition because of hemming and stretching fluctuations.
Background:
This series depicts the story of Bourgeois’s life. Beginning with an image of a young girl, it progresses through marriage and having children, and finally, to predominant themes in the artist's work.
Installation Remarks:
The 24 compositions that make up this series can be exhibited together or individually.
Curatorial Remarks:
There are no source drawings for this series, unlike for many of Bourgeois's prints.

Three plates in this series—"Desire," plate 2 of 24, and two plates each titled "Louise," plates 15 and 21 of 24—were incorporated into three fabric works: "Faith Hope Charity," and two compositions each titled "Eugénie Grandet." See Related Works in the Catalogue below.
MoMA Credit Line:
Gift of the artist
MoMA Accession Number:
110.2012.1-24

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  • Louise Bourgeois. Young Girl, plate 1 of 24, from the series, Self Portrait. 2009
    Young Girl, plate 1 of 24, from the...
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    2009
    Louise Bourgeois. Young Girl, plate 1 of 24, from the series, Self Portrait. 2009
  • Louise Bourgeois. Desire, plate 2 of 24, from the series, Self Portrait. 2009
    Desire, plate 2 of 24, from the...
    State II of II
    2009
    Louise Bourgeois. Desire, plate 2 of 24, from the series, Self Portrait. 2009
  • Louise Bourgeois. Robert, plate 3 of 24, from the series, Self Portrait. 2009
    Robert, plate 3 of 24, from the...
    State II of II
    2009
    Louise Bourgeois. Robert, plate 3 of 24, from the series, Self Portrait. 2009
  • Louise Bourgeois. Louise and Robert, plate 4 of 24, from the series, Self Portrait. 2009
    Louise and Robert, plate 4 of 24...
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    Louise Bourgeois. Louise and Robert, plate 4 of 24, from the series, Self Portrait. 2009
  • Louise Bourgeois. Marriage, plate 5 of 24, from the series, Self Portrait. 2009
    Marriage, plate 5 of 24, from the...
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    Louise Bourgeois. Marriage, plate 5 of 24, from the series, Self Portrait. 2009
  • Louise Bourgeois. Louise and Robert, plate 6 of 24, from the series, Self Portrait. 2009
    Louise and Robert, plate 6 of 24...
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    Louise Bourgeois. Louise and Robert, plate 6 of 24, from the series, Self Portrait. 2009
  • Louise Bourgeois. Michel, plate 7 of 24, from the series, Self Portrait. 2009
    Michel, plate 7 of 24, from the...
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    Louise Bourgeois. Michel, plate 7 of 24, from the series, Self Portrait. 2009
  • Louise Bourgeois. Pregnant, plate 8 of 24, from the series, Self Portrait. 2009
    Pregnant, plate 8 of 24, from the...
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    Louise Bourgeois. Pregnant, plate 8 of 24, from the series, Self Portrait. 2009
  • Louise Bourgeois. Birth, plate 9 of 24, from the series, Self Portrait. 2009
    Birth, plate 9 of 24, from the...
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    Louise Bourgeois. Birth, plate 9 of 24, from the series, Self Portrait. 2009
  • Louise Bourgeois. Birth, plate 10 of 24, from the series, Self Portrait. 2009
    Birth, plate 10 of 24, from the...
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    Louise Bourgeois. Birth, plate 10 of 24, from the series, Self Portrait. 2009
  • Louise Bourgeois. Pregnant, plate 11 of 24, from the series, Self Portrait. 2009
    Pregnant, plate 11 of 24, from the...
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    Louise Bourgeois. Pregnant, plate 11 of 24, from the series, Self Portrait. 2009
  • Louise Bourgeois. Birth, plate 12 of 24, from the series, Self Portrait. 2009
    Birth, plate 12 of 24, from the...
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    Louise Bourgeois. Birth, plate 12 of 24, from the series, Self Portrait. 2009
  • Louise Bourgeois. Feeding, plate 13 of 24, from the series, Self Portrait. 2009
    Feeding, plate 13 of 24, from the...
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    Louise Bourgeois. Feeding, plate 13 of 24, from the series, Self Portrait. 2009
  • Louise Bourgeois. Three Sons, plate 14 of 24, from the series, Self Portrait. 2009
    Three Sons, plate 14 of 24, from the...
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    Louise Bourgeois. Three Sons, plate 14 of 24, from the series, Self Portrait. 2009
  • Louise Bourgeois. Louise, plate 15 of 24, from the series, Self Portrait. 2009
    Louise, plate 15 of 24, from the...
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    Louise Bourgeois. Louise, plate 15 of 24, from the series, Self Portrait. 2009
  • Louise Bourgeois. Hysterical, plate 16 of 24, from the series, Self Portrait. 2009
    Hysterical, plate 16 of 24, from the...
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    Louise Bourgeois. Hysterical, plate 16 of 24, from the series, Self Portrait. 2009
  • Louise Bourgeois. Good Mother, plate 17 of 24, from the series, Self Portrait. 2009
    Good Mother, plate 17 of 24, from the...
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    Louise Bourgeois. Good Mother, plate 17 of 24, from the series, Self Portrait. 2009
  • Louise Bourgeois. Seated, plate 18 of 24, from the series, Self Portrait. 2009
    Seated, plate 18 of 24, from the...
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    Louise Bourgeois. Seated, plate 18 of 24, from the series, Self Portrait. 2009
  • Louise Bourgeois. Arch of Hysteria, plate 19 of 24, from the series, Self Portrait. 2009
    Arch of Hysteria, plate 19 of 24...
    State II of II
    2009
    Louise Bourgeois. Arch of Hysteria, plate 19 of 24, from the series, Self Portrait. 2009
  • Louise Bourgeois. Topiary, plate 20 of 24, from the series, Self Portrait. 2009
    Topiary, plate 20 of 24, from the...
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    Louise Bourgeois. Topiary, plate 20 of 24, from the series, Self Portrait. 2009
  • Louise Bourgeois. Louise, plate 21 of 24, from the series, Self Portrait. 2009
    Louise, plate 21 of 24, from the...
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    Louise Bourgeois. Louise, plate 21 of 24, from the series, Self Portrait. 2009
  • Louise Bourgeois. La Nausée, plate 22 of 24, from the series, Self Portrait. 2009
    La Nausée, plate 22 of 24...
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    Louise Bourgeois. La Nausée, plate 22 of 24, from the series, Self Portrait. 2009
  • Louise Bourgeois. Louise, plate 23 of 24, from the series, Self Portrait. 2009
    Louise, plate 23 of 24, from the...
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    Louise Bourgeois. Louise, plate 23 of 24, from the series, Self Portrait. 2009
  • Louise Bourgeois. Mother, plate 24 of 24, from the series, Self Portrait. 2009
    Mother, plate 24 of 24, from the...
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    Louise Bourgeois. Mother, plate 24 of 24, from the series, Self Portrait. 2009