The works in the Evolving Composition Diagram below involve two tall vertical plates, A and B. The plates were printed individually, and side by side in different layouts. The plates printed singly are organized in rows according to which plate is used. The impressions with both plates are organized into 2 versions according to the layout of the plates.
In the first version, the layout shows the leaves pointing out toward the edges of the sheet. In the second version, the layout shows the leaves pointing in toward the center of the sheet. The third version is a multi-panel work with an impression of the first version alongside impressions of plates A and B.
These varying works were issued in 3 separate editions and as unique variants, all listed below and seen in the Evolving Composition Diagram. (For the unique variants, the artist sometimes changed the orientation of the sheet from that seen in the editions.)
Editions: Plates A and B: "Sheaves" First Version: "The Smell of Eucalyptus (#1)" Second Version: "The Smell of Eucalyptus (#2)"
Unique Variants: Plate A: "Differentiate" illustrated book cover Plate A: Untitled, plate 1 of 9, from the illustrated book, "Differentiate" Plate B: Untitled, plate 7 of 9, from the illustrated book, "Differentiate" First version: "Ode to Eugénie Grandet" First version: "The Sense of Something Missing" First version: "When I Was Young" Second version: "A Mirror of Me!!!" Second version: "Do Not Cut Me Down!" Third version: Untitled, no. 4 of 5, from the series, "The Vocabulary of Seduction"
The plates were also printed in combination with other plates in multi-panel works. They all include extensive hand additions, and sometimes only minor areas of the plates were inked. These works can be seen below in Related Works in the Catalogue:
"The Geometry of Pleasure (#3)" "The Geometry of Pleasure (#4)" "The Geometry of Pleasure (#5)" “The Geometry of Desire (#1)”
About the "Sheaves" edition: Within the edition, 9 impressions are printed from plate B. There is also 1 study printed from plate A. The Louise Bourgeois Studio groups the 9 impressions and the study within one edition even though 2 different plates were used.
Bourgeois and the publisher designated the impression with hand additions as a study. However, throughout the catalogue, the term "study" describes photocopies and tracings that were used in the process of developing a composition.
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 with 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.
The paper type, and the location and medium of the impression number are not documented because this work is not in MoMA's Collection and could not be examined in person. The plate dimensions are from the impression of plate A in MoMA's Collection. The sheet dimensions were provided by the Louise Bourgeois Studio.
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