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.
After examining this print with the MoMA Conservation Department, it has been determined that the blue hand additions, which resemble colored pencil, are most likely carbon transfer. According to Felix Harlan, of Harlan & Weaver, New York, the artist sometimes made tracings of preexisting imagery as aids when developing compositions.
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