"No. 3/5" lower middle sheet verso each sheet, black ink, unknown hand.
All 24 sheets that comprise set no. 1/5 are mounted on a single large table cloth and arranged in the formation of a clock. See the first work titled "Self Portrait" in Related Works in the Catalogue below. That composition includes, above the clock, at top left, one additional drypoint printed by Harlan & Weaver, New York, and at top middle and top right, two digital prints printed by Dyenamix, New York. Set nos. 2/5–5/5 and A.P. 1/1 do not include these three additional prints.
There are variations in the fabrics used in this edition, including scorching or staining, as is commonly found in the old fabrics Bourgeois chose to use as printing surfaces.
Dimensions vary slightly throughout the edition because of hemming and stretching fluctuations.
This series depicts the story of Bourgeois’s life. Beginning with an image of a young girl, it progresses through marriage and having children, and finally, to predominant themes in the artist's work.
The 24 compositions that make up this series can be exhibited together or individually.
There are no source drawings for this series, unlike for many of Bourgeois's prints.
Three plates in this series—"Desire," plate 2 of 24, and two plates each titled "Louise," plates 15 and 21 of 24—were incorporated into three fabric works: "Faith Hope Charity," and two compositions each titled "Eugénie Grandet." See Related Works in the Catalogue below.
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