3, and an edition of 25 on paper with 7 A.P., 5 P.P., 2 H.C., 1 B.A.T.
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 pronounced 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.
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”
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.
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".)
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