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Cat. No. 685/III

The Feeding

State/Variant:
State III of III
Date:
2008
Themes:
Body Parts, Figures, Motherhood & Family
Techniques:
Drypoint
Description:
Drypoint
Support:
Smooth, wove paper
Dimensions:
plate: 6 15/16 × 4 15/16" (17.6 × 12.6 cm); sheet: 9 7/16 × 8 5/16" (24 × 21.1 cm)
Signature:
Not signed
Publisher:
unpublished
Printer:
Harlan & Weaver, New York
Edition:
2 known impressions of state III
Impression:
Not numbered
Edition Information:
Not issued as a published edition at any state.
State Changes and Additions:
Changes from state II, by burnishing: arms partially removed.
Changes from state II, in drypoint: arms and hands slightly reconfigured; figure further delineated.
Curatorial Remarks:
Toward the end of her life, Bourgeois made a large body of red gouache drawings related to the theme of Motherhood & Family. Bourgeois usually made several iterations of each scene, exploring pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding, among other subjects related to new life. Some drawings were used as source works for print compositions. As the print composition evolved, Bourgeois continued to explore the same subject through drawing. See Related Works in Other Mediums below for examples.

There are signs of burnishing in the figure's open mouth, suggesting that it may have been shaded in at one point. However, there are no known impressions that have this feature. It is possible that the impression was destroyed or that the change was made exclusively on the plate.
MoMA Credit Line:
Gift of the artist
MoMA Accession Number:
1554.2012

The Feeding
2007-2008

Source
2007

NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. The Feeding. 2007
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION The Feeding
Gouache on paper
2007

States

NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. The Feeding. 2007
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION State I of III
2007
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. The Feeding. 2007
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION State II of III
2007
Louise Bourgeois. The Feeding. 2008
State III of III
2008
Louise Bourgeois. The Feeding. 2008
State III of III, variant
2008