Matrices: The progression of version 2, as seen in the Evolving Composition Diagram below, involved 3 plates. Plate 1: contours of composition and shading of capital W’s, in drypoint; printed in red or black. Plate 2: shading of house borders and segments of smoke, in aquatint; printed in red or black. Plate 3: smoke spiral, reconfigured text, and contours of capital W’s in soft ground etching; printed in red or black.
State Changes: Plate 1 printed in red. Changes from version 1: composition reconfigured with text in boxes within a house shape, in drypoint. Changes from version 2, state II, by burnishing: borders of roof partially removed. Changes from version 2, state II, in drypoint: borders of roof and door widened.
In August of 1999, the Dalai Lama spoke at several well-attended events in New York City. Bourgeois's son, Jean-Louis, requested that his mother execute a benefit print to raise money for the Dalai Lama’s cause about a month prior to the speaking engagements. Although Bourgeois created this composition, the benefit project did not come to fruition and this print was never published.
The 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 impressions in MoMA’s Collection. The sheet dimensions were provided by the Louise Bourgeois Studio.
A variant impression of version 2, state IV was sold at Phillips, New York, “Editions” auction on November 23, 2008, as lot 90. The description lists a "numbered edition of 25 and 7 artist's proofs, published by Harlan & Weaver, New York." According to Felix Harlan of Harlan & Weaver, this composition was never published.
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