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Cat. No. 355.2, variant 2

I Held His Eyes Within My Gaze

State/Variant:
Version 2 of 2, only state, variant
Date:
2004
Themes:
Fabric Works, Words
Techniques:
Lithography
Description:
Lithograph, with red ink additions
Support:
Fabric
Dimensions:
sheet: 17 × 17" (43.2 × 43.2 cm)
Signature:
"LB" right lower sheet, stitched in blue thread.
Publisher:
Lison Editions, New York (Louise Bourgeois)
Printer:
SOLO Impression, New York
Edition:
2 known variant impressions of version 2, only state
Impression:
Not numbered
Edition Information:
There are variations in the fabrics used in the 4 known impressions that use this text, as is commonly found in the old fabrics Bourgeois chose to use as printing surfaces. Three varying examples are seen in the Evolving Composition Diagram; the fourth example is not reproduced because the artist gave it away as a gift before it could be photographed and documented.
State Changes and Additions:
Changes from version 1: text altered to a sans serif typeface, in lithography.
Background:
The text in this composition comes from Bourgeois's voluminous writings—in her diaries, on loose sheets, or on the verso of drawings. The specific source and date of this text are not known.

During the early 2000s, Bourgeois worked with SOLO Impression on the editioned version of "Ode à l'oubli," a book of fabric collages and two lithographed text pages. The phrases on those text pages came from her writings. Inspired by that collaboration, Bourgeois created several individual printed fabric works with lithographed texts.
MoMA Credit Line:
Gift of The Easton Foundation
MoMA Accession Number:
570.2016

I Held His Eyes Within My Gaze
2002-2004

First Version

Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. I Held His Eyes Within My Gaze. 2002
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Version 1 of 2, only state
2002

Second Version

Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. I Held His Eyes Within My Gaze. 2002
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Version 2 of 2, only state, variant
2002
Published Louise Bourgeois. I Held His Eyes Within My Gaze. 2004
Version 2 of 2, only state, variant
2004