Proof before the editioning of Diptych 6, seen below in the Evolving Composition Diagram and comprising: left side (a): version 1, state VII, and right side (b): version 2, state VIII. This composition was also issued as a published edition at version 3, state II, titled "Le Chat."
Diptychs outside the edition are combinations of the first and second versions of this composition, at various states.
State Changes and Additions:
Left side (a): Version 1, state III, variant Changes from version 1, state II, by burnishing: mammary glands and nipples removed and fur lessened on abdomen and head. Changes from version 1, state II, in drypoint: eyes and contours reinforced; shading added to tail and paws.
Right side (b): Version 2, state IV Changes from version 1: version 1, state I composition inverted and transferred to a new, identically sized plate, in drypoint. Changes from version 2, state III, by burnishing: areas of fur partially removed from head and torso. Additions in pencil and red watercolor: two horizontal lines added, anticipating version 2, state VIII.
The type of paper and plate dimensions of this impression could not be documented because this impression 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. The sheet dimensions were provided by the Louise Bourgeois Studio.
Although the development of the Male and Female diptych has been divided into first and second versions for clarity, Bourgeois worked on both plates concurrently.
According to printer Felix Harlan, the third, smaller version in the Evolving Composition Diagram was initially created as a test plate. Aquatint was being considered to add shading to the male cat. Ultimately, Bourgeois decided against aquatint for the shading, but she liked the compositional fragment on the test plate. She added the contour of the cat's body and editioned this version as "Le Chat" on handmade paper.
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