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Cat. No. 1271, in 1249

Untitled, no. 1 of 3, from the series, Jalouse

State/Variant:
Unique variant
Date:
2009
Series:
Jalouse (View All)
Descriptive Title:
English translation: "Jealous"
Themes:
Abstraction, Fabric Works
Techniques:
Etching
Description:
panel (a): Soft ground etching, with hand additions
panel (b): Pencil with mixed media
panel (c): Soft ground ethings, with hand additions
Support:
panel (a): Fabric
panel (b): Paper
panel (c): Fabric mounted on paper
Dimensions:
plate (a and c) (each): 60 1/4 × 18 13/16" (153 × 47.8 cm); plate (c): 59 7/8 × 16 3/4" (152.1 × 42.6 cm); sheet (approx.): 60 1/2 × 88" (153.7 × 223.5 cm)
Signature:
panel (c): "Louise / Bourgeois" lower right comp.; "LB" lower right comp., stitched in red thread.
Inscription:
panel (b): "Too much is / too much / what to do / why you / you are as I am" center sheet, pencil, artist's hand.
Publisher:
Osiris, New York
Printer:
Wingate Studio, Hinsdale, NH
Edition:
Unique
Impression:
Not numbered
State Changes and Additions:
Matrices:
This 3-panel composition is made up of 2 plates that were issued as separate editions. They are noted below and can be seen in Related Works in the Catalogue.

panel (a): plate from "The Twist"

panel (c): plates from "Passages" and "The Twist"
"Passages" is printed on sheer fabric that overlaps "The Twist" printed on paper.
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 series of 3 compositions constitutes a single work of art. All of these 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 impressions in MoMA's Collection. The overall mediums and sheet dimensions for the series were provided by the Louise Bourgeois Studio.

On the text panel, hand additions are applied like a correction fluid to cover unwanted marks.

No. 1 of 3, from the series, Jalouse
2009

Unique Variants

Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 1 of 3, from the series, Jalouse. 2009
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Unique variant
2009

Series
2009

NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Jalouse. 2009
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Jalouse
2009
More About This Work

Louise Bourgeois,

Jalouse,

New York, Osiris, 2009

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

No. 1:
Too much is
too much
what to do
why you
you are as I am

No. 2:
vous me demandez trop
vous me demandez trop
vous me demandez trop
vous me demandez trop
vous me demandez trop
je
je suis
jalouse

No. 3:
you
ask me
too
much

French to English translations by Richard Sieburth and Françoise Gramet.
No. 1:
Too much is
too much
what to do
why you
you are as I am

No. 2:
you’re asking too much
you’re asking too much
you’re asking too much
you’re asking too much
you’re asking too much
I
I’m
jealous

No. 3:
you
ask me
too
much