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Cat. No. 362/III (fabric)

Feet (Socks)

State/Variant:
State III of III
Date:
2000
Themes:
Body Parts, Fabric Works, Objects
Techniques:
Drypoint
Description:
Drypoint
Support:
Fabric
Dimensions:
plate: 11 15/16 x 9 15/16" (30.4 x 25.2 cm); sheet: 18 x 16 3/4" (45.7 x 42.5 cm)
Signature:
"LB" right lower margin, stitched in red thread.
Publisher:
Harlan & Weaver, New York
Printer:
Harlan & Weaver, New York
Edition:
3, and an edition of 25 on paper with 7 A.P., 5 P.P., 2 H.C., 1 B.A.T.
Impression:
Not numbered
Edition Information:
There are 2 variant impressions of state III on paper, outside the editions.

There are variations in the fabrics used in this edition, as is commonly found in the old fabrics Bourgeois chose to use as printing surfaces. The example reprodcued here has some staining or scorching.
State Changes and Additions:
Changes from state II by burnishing: earlier contour lines partially removed.
Changes from state II in drypoint: toe and toenail contours reinforced; outlines reinforced overall.
Curatorial Remarks:
The plate dimensions of this impression could not be documented beacause this work is not in MoMA's Collection and could not be examined in person. The plate dimensions are from the published impression on paper in MoMA's Collection. Plate dimensions of fabric works may vary slightly due to stretching. The sheet dimensions were provided by the Louise Bourgeois Studio.

Publisher Harlan & Weaver groups the editioned state of this composition on paper with ten other drypoints of 1999, under the title, “11 Drypoints.” Each of the 11 compositions can be displayed individually. The full set is as follows:
“The Accident”
“The Angry Cat”
“Don’t Put Your Foot in Your Mouth”
“Fear”
“Feet (Socks)”
“Fences Are Obsolete”
“Madeleine”
“Mosquito”
“Mother and Child”
“Please Hang in There”
“The Smell of the Feet”
Other Remarks:
According to publisher Harlan & Weaver, the artist was inspired here by the cardboard stiffeners from a pair of socks. When she received dry-cleaning or new clothes, she would often draw on the inserts.
Bibliography:
Malbert, Roger, and Juliet Mitchell. "Louise Bourgeois: Autobiographical Prints." London: Hayward, 2016. (Catalogue accompanying the touring exhibition "Louise Bourgeois Prints: Autobiographical Series and 11 Drypoints".)

Feet (Socks)
1999-2000

Source
1999

Louise Bourgeois. Hanging Feet. 1999
Hanging Feet
Pencil and colored pencil on paper
1999

States

Louise Bourgeois. Feet (Socks). 1999
State I of III, variant
1999
Louise Bourgeois. Feet (Socks). 1999
State I of III, variant
1999
Louise Bourgeois. Feet (Socks). 1999
State II of III
1999
Louise Bourgeois. Feet (Socks). 1999
State III of III, variant
1999
Louise Bourgeois. Feet (Socks). 1999
State III of III, variant
1999
Published Louise Bourgeois. Feet (Socks). 1999
State III of III
1999
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Feet (Socks). 2000
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION State III of III
2000
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Feet (Socks). 2000
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION State III of III
2000
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Feet (Socks). 2000
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION State III of III
2000