Proof before the editioning of version 2, state III.
On the second known impression of "Femme" of this state, the distress markings are more visible, probably due to a difference in inking. In addition, the signature initials on that impression are stitched in black thread. The additional impression is not illustrated.
The Alternate Title "Eugénie Grandet" is derived from a novel by Honoré de Balzac, the plot of which involved the domination of a father over his daughter. Bourgeois identified with the situation. This composition, titled "Femme," ultimately led to a second version, titled "Eugénie Grandet." Inspired by an exhibition project for the Maison de Balzac in Paris, Bourgeois created a series of works based on the character Eugénie Grandet. The exhibition “Moi, Eugénie Grandet” took place 11/2/10-2/7/11 and included an accompanying catalogue with an essay by Jean Frémon.
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