panel (a): Soft ground etching, with red, blue, and purple watercolor, white gouache, and pencil additions; panel (b): Soft ground etching, with red and purple watercolor, and white gouache additions; panel (c): Soft ground etching, with red and blue watercolor, and white gouache additions
This composition is part of a group of multi-panel works with extensive hand additions titled "The Geometry of Pleasure (#1) - (#5)." The other works in this group can be seen below in Related Works in the Catalogue.
State Changes and Additions:
Matrices: This 3-panel composition is made up of plates that are used in other compositions, but which are partially inked here. These plates, fully inked, were issued in editions as 2 separate compositions, which are noted below and can be seen in Related Works in the Catalogue.
panel (a): plate from "À Baudelaire." For this panel, the plate was partially inked.
panel (b): plate from "À Baudelaire." For this panel, only minor areas of the plate were inked.
panel (c): plate from "Les Fleurs." For this panel, the plate was partially inked and printed upside down.
Benjamin Shiff, the director of the Osiris imprint, collaborated with Bourgeois in a highly experimental phase of printmaking that occupied the last years of her life, from 2005 to 2010. He first established a working relationship wih the artist in the 1990s, but the late period is particularly noteworthy for the innovative and complex large-scale projects that evolved at that time. Shiff made use of professional workshops for printing, but he oversaw the creation of the printing plates as Bourgeois worked on them in her home studio. He also provided assistance as she added extensive hand additions and texts, and as she combined individual compositions into multi-panel works and illustrated books.
Plate dimensions are not given due to partial inking. For full plate dimensions, see the respective editioned impressions.
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