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Cat. No. 761/I

Embracing the Tree II

State/Variant:
State I of IV
Date:
2001
Themes:
Figures, Nature
Techniques:
Drypoint
Description:
Drypoint, with red ink, blue crayon, and pencil additions
Support:
Smooth, wove paper
Dimensions:
plate: 9 15/16 x 7 1/2" (25.3 x 19 cm); sheet: 13 1/8 x 10 3/16" (33.3 x 25.8 cm)
Signature:
"LB" lower right margin, red ink; "LB" right lower margin, red ink.
Inscription:
Verso: "this is a Rorchahack test / what do you see in this / drawing? / embracing the / tree / 3 PM." lower center to lower right sheet, 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unpublished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.
Background:
According to Bourgeois’s assistant, Jerry Gorovoy, the subject of this composition came from a ritual instigated by the artist’s friend, Paulo Herkenhoff, a Brazilian curator and critic, in the late 1990s. In celebration of Easter, Herkenhoff, Gorovoy, and Bourgeois went into her backyard on Good Friday and each kissed the ground. After a few years, it was difficult for the artist to get down to the ground so they modified the ritual and began to embrace a tree instead.
MoMA Credit Line:
Gift of the artist
MoMA Accession Number:
1465.2008

Embracing the Tree II
2001-2003

States

Louise Bourgeois. Embracing the Tree II. 2001
State I of IV
2001
Louise Bourgeois. Embracing the Tree II. 2001
State II of IV, variant
2001
Louise Bourgeois. Embracing the Tree II. 2001
State II of IV, variant
2001
Louise Bourgeois. Embracing the Tree II. 2003
State II of IV, variant
2003
Louise Bourgeois. Embracing the Tree II. 2003
State III of IV
2003
Louise Bourgeois. Embracing the Tree II. 2003
State IV of IV
2003
Louise Bourgeois. Embracing the Tree II. 2003
State IV of IV, variant
2003