“Dans le doute suspend judgement / Les lacs de montagne / appaisant et dispai… / Tu veux etre un lac de / May / temps [illeg.] artour / chaque chose à sa / place / illustrative / le figuratif a / veut dere le / metaphorique / es[illeg.]ples / zealous bar tending / au seus figure / joueur foul play / fervid fervor / eager / fanatical / 2 seus / litteraure [sic] / et [illeg.] / Lacant / Teleuse / Religious zeal / dedicated / devoted ernest [sic] midressed -> / zeale and / zeale and / J’ai passé / ma vie à faire du / zele” left to right lower margin, pencil, artist’s hand; “10.29.93 2nd 3rd [crossed out] state aquatint: pink blue spit bite / black engraving 2 plates” lower left to lower middle margin, unknown hand, pencil; “Je ne joue pas sun / les mots et je ne suis / Pas [illeg.] / le maurais joueur / Faire du Tele est sexy / true or false or / dangerous / The smell of wine of / feet of earth. / of / sweat / zele and fashion / Marjoue at 349 / atmosphere de boufle / et de [illeg.] riddle. / le zele et personne ne / canfu… - les / consuis – the message is clear. les apres et la petite [sketch] studio / petite atelier, petite studio / petite apparte / pousses la / chanson / le zele / & / La Dre[illeg.] / jour du / Chantage / Le Jour de la [illeg.] / de la mere / Jealous entertaining / sant [illeg.] la / Reorere traveling / zealous collecting / zealous cooking / zealous singing / zealous dancing / zealous flirting / zealous funding” upper to lower right margin, pencil, artist’s hand.
Proof before the editioning of states XII and XIII. This composition was also issued as a published edition at state II.
State Changes and Additions:
Matrices: The progression of this composition, as seen in the Evolving Composition Diagram below, involved 3 plates.
Plate 1: overall linear composition; printed in black. Plate 2: fill in lakes, and later, larger cloud form; usually printed in blue, sometimes in red, pink, and gray. Plate 3: fill in mountains and smaller cloud form; printed in blue and/or red.
Print State Changes: Plate 1 printed in black, over plate 2 printed in blue and pink. Changes from state II, in aquatint: lakes and large cloud form added. Additions in blue ink: sun added, anticipating state IV.
State XIII was published as a benefit for Chalcographie of the Musée du Louvre, Paris.
The type of paper 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 an impression in MoMA's Collection. The sheet dimensions were provided by the Louise Bourgeois Studio.
According to Bourgeois's assistant, Jerry Gorovoy, this composition depicts mountains in Switzerland and likely references the artist's memories of visits there in her youth, especially for skiing.
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