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Cat. No. 474/II

Arch of Hysteria, plate 19 of 24, from the series, Self Portrait

State/Variant:
State II of II
Date:
2009
Series:
Self Portrait (View All)
Themes:
Fabric Works, Faces & Portraits, Figures
Techniques:
Drypoint
Description:
Drypoint
Support:
Fabric
Dimensions:
plate: 4 15/16 x 3 3/8" (12.5 x 8.6 cm); sheet: 15 1/2 x 12 1/2" (39.4 x 31.8 cm)
Signature:
"LB" right lower margin, 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, 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, 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.

There is 1 known impression of state II, outside the edition. That impression is incorporated in the fabric work, "Self Portrait." See the second work in Related Works in the Catalgue below.
State Changes and Additions:
Changes from state I, by burnishing: back of upper right leg removed.
Changes from state I, in drypoint: right buttocks and toes delineated.
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.
MoMA Credit Line:
Gift of the artist
MoMA Accession Number:
110.2012.19

Arch of Hysteria, plate 19 of 24, from the series, Self Portrait
2007-2009

States

Louise Bourgeois. Arch of Hysteria, plate 19 of 24, from the series, Self Portrait. 2007
State I of II
2007
Published Louise Bourgeois. Arch of Hysteria, plate 19 of 24, from the series, Self Portrait. 2009
State II of II
2009

Series
2009

Louise Bourgeois. Self Portrait. 2009
Self Portrait
2009
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