Matrices: The progression of this composition, as seen in the Evolving Composition Diagram below, involved 2 plates in 3 different techniques.
Plate 1, in drypoint and engraving: man and woman.
Plate 2, in aquatint: shading in woman's shoes.
State Changes: Plate 1 printed in black. Changes from state II, by burnishing: hanging line, hands, and woman's leg partially removed. Changes from state II, in drypoint: bodies further delineated; hands and woman's leg reconfigured; shoes added to woman's feet.
The paper type could not be documented because this work is not in MoMA's Collection and could not be examined in person. The plate dimensions are from an impression in MoMA's Collection. The sheet dimensions were provided by the Louise Bourgeois Studio.
The "WP" inscription most likely refers to the idea of a "working proof," made during the development of a composition.
A publicity poster was made with an image of state XVII for the 2002 documentary about the artist titled "C'est le murmure de l'eau qui chante." It was filmed over the course of 8 years by Brigitte Cornand, a French filmmaker who worked closely with Bourgeois in the last years of her life.
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