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Cat. No. 255/I, in 250B

Untitled (Bent Tree), in Les Arbres (2), from the editioned series of portfolios, Les Arbres (1-6)

State/Variant:
State I of VI
Date:
2004
Portfolio:
Les Arbres (2) (View All)
Descriptive Title:
English translation: "The Trees"
Themes:
Nature
Techniques:
Drypoint
Description:
Drypoint, with black ink, purple pencil, and green pencil additions
Support:
Smooth, wove paper
Dimensions:
plate: 9 7/8 x 7 3/8" (25.1 x 18.7 cm); sheet: 13 x 10 1/2" (33 x 26.7 cm)
Signature:
"LB" lower right margin, pencil.
"Louise Bourgeois / 2004" lower middle colophon, pencil.
Publisher:
Harlan & Weaver, New York
Printer:
Harlan & Weaver, New York
Edition:
1 known impression of state I
Impression:
"2/6" lower center colophon, pencil, artist's hand.
Edition Information:
The editioned series of portfolios, "Les Arbres" (1-6), is not a traditional edition in that each portfolio is unique. Varying compositions, hand additions, and sheet sizes occur throughout the portfolios. Portfolio (1) includes 10 compositions, while Portfolios (2-6) each contain 8 compositions.

Included in all 6 portfolios are 5 specific drypoint compositions that appear in the same order. However, the states of these compositions, and their hand additions, vary.

Portfolio (1) is different from all the others in the series, not only because it includes 10 compositions, but also because 5 of the 10 compositions are drawings. The drypoints are the same 5 compositions noted above as being in every portfolio; the drawings are new compositions entirely.

Portfolios (2-6) each contain 3 drypoint compositions on fabric, in addition to the 5 drypoint compositions noted above. The drypoint compositions on fabric vary from portfolio to portfolio.
State Changes and Additions:
Additions in black ink: shading overall, anticipating state II.
Additions in purple and green pencil: reinforced overall, anticipating state III.
Curatorial Remarks:
Compositions on paper are set into the portfolio pages with Gampi paper mounting corners, as can be seen here. Compositions on fabric are sewn to the pages of the bound "Les Arbres" portfolios.

Untitled (Bent Tree), from the editioned series of portfolios, Les Arbres (1-6)
2004

States

Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled (Bent Tree), in Les Arbres (2), from the editioned series of portfolios, Les Arbres (1-6). 2004
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION State I of VI
2004
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled (Bent Tree), in Les Arbres (4), from the editioned series of portfolios, Les Arbres (1-6). 2004
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION State II of VI
2004
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled (Bent Tree), in Les Arbres (5), from the editioned series of portfolios, Les Arbres (1-6). 2004
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION State III of VI
2004
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled (Bent Tree), from the editioned series of portfolios, Les Arbres (1-6). 2004
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION State IV of VI, variant
2004
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled (Bent Tree), in Les Arbres (3), from the editioned series of portfolios, Les Arbres (1-6). 2004
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION State IV of VI
2004
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled (Bent Tree), in Les Arbres (6), from the editioned series of portfolios, Les Arbres (1-6). 2004
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION State IV of VI
2004
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled (Bent Tree), in Les Arbres (1), from the editioned series of portfolios, Les Arbres (1-6). 2004
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION State V of VI
2004
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled (Bent Tree), from the editioned series of portfolios, Les Arbres (1-6). 2004
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION State VI of VI
2004

Series
2004

NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Les Arbres (1-6). 2004
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Les Arbres (1-6)
2004
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