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Cat. No. 61.1, variant 2

Ode â l'Oubli

State/Variant:
Version 1 of 2, only state, variant
Date:
2002
Descriptive Title:
English translation: "Ode to Forgetting"
Themes:
Fabric Works, Words
Techniques:
Lithography
Description:
Lithograph
Support:
Fabric
Dimensions:
sheet: 10 3/4 x 10" (27.3 x 25.4 cm)
Signature:
"LB" right lower sheet, stitched in red thread.
Publisher:
unpublished
Printer:
SOLO Impression, New York
Edition:
7 known variant impressions of version 1, only state
Impression:
Not numbered
Edition Information:
Proof before version 2 was used as the cover of the 2002 unique fabric illustrated book and before the editioning of the 2004 fabric illustrated book.

Of the 7 known variant impressions of version 1, there are 4 that vary only slightly due to subtle patterns in each fabric. Three of the 4 impressions are not illustrated, due to their similarity to the first impression seen in the Evolving Composition Diagram below. There is also a second impression on this polka dot handkerchief not illustrated due to its similarity to the one seen here.
Curatorial Remarks:
In deciding the font size, layout, background, and sheet size for the cover of "Ode à l'Oubli," Bourgeois made trial versions. She also made trial versions for the text pages within the book.
Other Remarks:
Bourgeois's assistant, Jerry Gorovoy, remembers a circumflex accent was mistakenly printed on the "A" on the trials for the cover, and on the cover and spine of the unique 2002 book. He is not sure how Bourgeois missed the error. When the cover for the editioned version was made in 2004, it was decided that the title looked best printed with all capital letters, with no accent, and with no italics.
MoMA Credit Line:
Gift of The Easton Foundation
MoMA Accession Number:
569.2016
This Work in Other Collections:
Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida, Gainesville
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT

Ode à l'Oubli, cover
2002-2004

First Version

NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Ode â l'Oubli. 2002
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Version 1 of 2, only state, variant
2002
Louise Bourgeois. Ode â l'Oubli. 2002
Version 1 of 2, only state, variant
2002
Louise Bourgeois. Ode â l'Oubli. 2002
Version 1 of 2, only state, variant
2002

Second Version

NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Ode â l'Oubli. 2002
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Version 2 of 2, only state
2002

Formats

Louise Bourgeois. Ode à l'Oubli, cover. 2002
2002
Published Louise Bourgeois. Ode à l'Oubli, cover. 2004
2004

Illustrated Book
2002

Louise Bourgeois. Ode à l'Oubli. 2002
Ode à l'Oubli
2002
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Illustrated Book
2004

Louise Bourgeois. Ode à l'Oubli. 2004
Ode à l'Oubli
2004
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