3; plus an illustrated book edition of 12 and an edition of 5 with hand additions
Verso: "2/3" lower center sheet, pencil, artist's hand.
This composition was issued in two additional editions. It was published as part of an illustrated book titled, "One's Sleep." The illustrated book includes 18 plates with hand additions. (See Evolving Composition Diagram.)
It was also published in an edition of 5, all with hand additions (impressions 1/5, 2/5, and 5/5 with red additions; impressions 3/5 and 4/5 with blue additions).
State Changes and Additions:
Changes from version 1: mirrored composition transferred, with much taller structure, in etching.
This composition was initially developed around 1989 in conjunction with Benjamin Shiff, director of Osiris, as a preliminary trial for the book project "the puritan" (see below in Related Works in the Catalogue) although it did not ultimately appear in that book. Bourgeois and Shiff returned to the composition in 2003, creating a second version to issue in this edition of 3, and to include in the book "One's Sleep".
"There is a hinging of the landscape here that makes it both vertical and horizontal. There can be a change of mood... when it is up, it is very alert... when it is down it can be restful.
"But I would call it today the eternal road that goes nowhere... it is very empty... it is melancholy. It is like the long road from Paris to the south. We were on that road all the time to go south for my mother's health. It reminds me of Camus, who died on that road... he was young.
"The house is a museum, lycée, jail, or hospital. It is an institution, because that is the style in France... an architecture of a certain kind. This is the public life versus the private life. In other things you are a private person, here you become a citizen... you have to wait your turn... there are many people in front of you." (Quotes cited in Wye, Deborah and Carol Smith. "The Prints of Louise Bourgeois." New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 1994, p. 154.)
The sheet for this composition has been trimmed down to the plate mark and mounted on thick paper.
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