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LOUISE BOURGEOIS: COMPLETE BOOKS & PRINTS

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Cat. No. 517/I

Untitled

State/Variant:
State I of II
Date:
1999
Descriptive Title:
Eight-Headed Creature
Themes:
Animals & Insects
Techniques:
Drypoint
Description:
Drypoint, with red ink and pencil additions
Support:
Smooth, wove Hahnemühle paper
Dimensions:
plate: 11 7/8 x 9 13/16" (30.2 x 25 cm); sheet: 16 x 11" (40.7 x 28 cm)
Signature:
"LB" lower right margin, red ink.
Inscription:
"AP" lower left margin, red ink, artist's hand.
Publisher:
unpublished
Printer:
Harlan & Weaver, New York
Edition:
1 known impression of state I
Impression:
Not numbered
Edition Information:
Not issued as a published edition at any state.

The "AP" inscription, in the artist's hand, does not indicate a conventional A.P. impression, as this composition was not issued as a published edition at any state.
Other Remarks:
Felix Harlan, of Harlan & Weaver, New York, remembers that the artist sometimes used the same plate for multiple compositions. This composition was developed on a previously used plate, with some elements of prior images still visible around the new composition. The test printing of distress marks, seen below in Related Works in Other Mediums, was made to determine if the plate was suitable for reuse before Bourgeois used it for this composition. The red ink and pencil composition was drawn on the resulting test printing, and depicts a choker necklace of the artist's design.
MoMA Credit Line:
Gift of the artist
MoMA Accession Number:
880.2008

Untitled
1999-2000

States

Louise Bourgeois. Untitled. 1999
State I of II
1999
Louise Bourgeois. Untitled. 2000
State II of II
2000