This is one of 2 known cancellation proofs. A cancellation proof is included in the Evolving Composition Diagram because there are no known impressions without hand additions. This composition was not issued as a published edition.
There are 3 unique variants of this plate. They all include extensive hand additions and are listed below.
Before settling on the 3 unique variants, Bourgeois first added hand additions to 7 impressions of the plate and called them "studies." (Usually in this catalogue, the term "study" describes photocopies and tracings that were used in the process of developing a composition.) She then combined 3 of these studies into a unique variant triptych titled “Le Père et les 3 Fils.” She issued another study as a unique variant single panel work. The three remaining studies are no longer extant, according to the Louise Bourgeois Studio.
She worked again with this plate to make an additional multi-panel work, titled "Afraid." This work was made from impressions of the plate that were separate from the initial 7 studies described above.
The 3 unique variants are listed below and can be seen in the Evolving Composition Diagram:
"Afraid" “Le Père et les 3 Fils” (triptych incorporates studies 1, 4, and 7) “Le Père et les 3 Fils” (study 5)
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