The works in the Evolving Composition Diagram below involve two tall vertical plates, A and B. The plates were printed individually, and side by side in different layouts. The plates printed singly are organized in rows according to which plate is used. The impressions with both plates are organized into 2 versions according to the layout of the plates.
In the first version, the layout shows the leaves pointing out toward the edges of the sheet. In the second version, the layout shows the leaves pointing in toward the center of the sheet. The third version is a multi-panel work with an impression of the first version alongside impressions of plates A and B.
These varying works were issued in 3 separate editions and as unique variants, all listed below and seen in the Evolving Composition Diagram. (For the unique variants, the artist sometimes changed the orientation of the sheet from that seen in the editions.)
Editions: Plates A and B: "Sheaves" First Version: "The Smell of Eucalyptus (#1)" Second Version: "The Smell of Eucalyptus (#2)"
Unique Variants: Plate A: "Differentiate" illustrated book cover Plate A: Untitled, plate 1 of 9, from the illustrated book, "Differentiate" Plate B: Untitled, plate 7 of 9, from the illustrated book, "Differentiate" First version: "Ode to Eugénie Grandet" First version: "The Sense of Something Missing" First version: "When I Was Young" Second version: "A Mirror of Me!!!" Second version: "Do Not Cut Me Down!" Third version: Untitled, no. 4 of 5, from the series, "The Vocabulary of Seduction"
The plates were also printed in combination with other plates in multi-panel works. They all include extensive hand additions, and sometimes only minor areas of the plates were inked. These works can be seen below in Related Works in the Catalogue:
"The Geometry of Pleasure (#3)" "The Geometry of Pleasure (#4)" "The Geometry of Pleasure (#5)" “The Geometry of Desire (#1)”
About the "The Smell of Eucalyptus (#2)" edition: There are slight variations in the hand additions across the edition. There is 1 known impression of the only state, outside the edition with pencil additions that is not illustrated here.
There are two cancellation proofs, each with a large "X" drawn across the composition from each corner of the plate.
Benjamin Shiff, the director of the Osiris imprint, collaborated with Bourgeois in a highly experimental phase of printmaking that occupied the last years of her life, from 2005 to 2010. He first established a working relationship with the artist in the 1990s, but the late period is particularly noteworthy for the innovative and complex large-scale projects that evolved at that time. Shiff made use of professional workshops for printing, but he oversaw the creation of the printing plates as Bourgeois worked on them in her home studio. He also provided assistance as she added extensive hand additions and texts, and as she combined individual compositions into multi-panel works and illustrated books.
Osiris put together a grouping of Bourgeois's late, large-scale soft ground etchings under the title "Turning Inwards." Nine sets were announced. Each "Turning Inwards" set is unique, containing a different number of prints. Sets include editioned prints as well as early proofs. Some also have multiple impressions of the same composition, due to differences in inking and wiping.
The "Turning Inwards" sets are not considered formal series that must be shown in their entirety; the prints in each set can be displayed separately.
Set #1 of 9 contains 67 prints and is in the Collection of the Museum of Modern Art. Set #2 contains 43 prints and is in the collection of the Tate Modern. Set #3 contains 38 prints. Set #4 contains 39 prints. The contents of sets #5-9 were not known by MoMA cataloguers, as of 2018.
The title "Turning Inwards" is given to the overall grouping and is also the title of one of the individual compositions within it. Titles that may appear in the various "Turning Inwards" sets are as follows:
1. À Baudelaire 2. Abandoned 3. Accumulations 4. Are You in Orbit? (#1) 5. Are You in Orbit? (#2) 6. The Awakening 7. The Chain of Events 8. The Fall 9. La Famille 10. Les Fleurs 11. I See You!!! 12. Incognito 13. Just Like Me 14. Knots 15. Leaves 16. Let My Children Come 17. Look Up! 18. Losing It 19. Love and Kisses 20. La Maladie de l'Amour 21. My Inner Life 22. My Secret Life 23. The Nest 24. Opening Up 25. The Pacifiers 26. Paddle Woman 27. Passages 28. Pendule 29. The Prey of an Anxiety 30. Sangsue 31. The Smell of Eucalyptus (#1) 32. The Smell of Eucalyptus (#2) 33. The Stretch 34. Swaying 35. Swelling 36. Turning Inwards 37. The Twist 38. The Unfolding 39. Up and Up
This impression is in MoMA's set #1 of 9.
In the center of this composition, there is a small gap between the two vertical parts of the plate. The gap is filled with black crayon additions to match the surrounding plate tone and create the illusion of a single plate.
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