15; plus 3 A.P., 1 P.P., and a portfolio version with an edition of 7 with 2 A.P.
"6/15" lower center of colophon, black ink, unknown hand.
Pages 29 and 30 of 49.
Lison Editions is a name Bourgeois adopted when she published works herself, late in her life. "Lison" is a nickname she had as a child. The full list of her nicknames is: Lise, Lison, Lisette, Louison, Louisette.
The background of the pages is printed to resemble music paper, which Bourgeois favored for drawings and can be found in her work as far back as the early 1940s. According to her assistant, Jerry Gorovoy, she returned to music paper as a drawing surface in 1994-95, at the time of her "Insomnia Drawings" series, when she listened to music during the night.
The illustrated book version of "Hours of the Day" preceded the portfolio version. The portfolio is considerably larger than the illustrated book.
The cover and each two-page spread of the illustrated book have corresponding sheets in the portfolio. However, in the spreads of the illustrated book, the compositions are divided into two sections to accommodate the gutter.
The illustrated book and portfolio were created independently using separate digital files; therefore, minor differences occur between the texts. The accents in "L'énergie" and "centripète" in no. 15 of the illustrated book do not appear in the corresponding composition in the portfolio. "Fatigue" is capitalized in no. 15 in the portfolio, although not in the corresponding composition in the illustrated book.
The text comes from Bourgeois's daybooks, which she kept for each year up until the very last years of her life. She used them for appointments, and also annotated them with short texts and drawings.
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