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Cat. No. 1012, unique variant 3

Les Oiseaux 3

State/Variant:
Only state, unique variant
Date:
2009
Descriptive Title:
English translation: "The Birds"
Themes:
Animals & Insects, Words
Techniques:
Aquatint
Description:
Aquatint, with red, pink, and blue watercolor, and pencil additions
Support:
Smooth, wove handmade Twinrocker paper
Dimensions:
plate: 49 7/8 × 35 3/4" (126.7 × 90.8 cm); sheet: 47 3/4 × 33 3/4" (121.3 × 85.7 cm) (dimensions reflect full plate size; this is a partial print)
Signature:
"LB" lower right comp., pencil.
Inscription:
"Les / Les Nids / Les" lower center comp., pencil, artist's hand.
Publisher:
Osiris, New York
Printer:
Wingate Studio, Hinsdale, NH
Edition:
Unique
Impression:
Verso: "les oiseaux / #3" lower center sheet, pencil, artist's hand.
Edition Information:
"Les Oiseaux" was published as 3 unique variants, each with varying hand additions. The inking of the plate also varies from impression to impression. For comparison, see the Evolving Composition Diagram below.
Curatorial Remarks:
By examining the cancellation proof, it was determined that the word "Rouges" was etched in the lower center composition under "oiseaux." In this impression, the word was not inked at all.

"Les Oiseaux Rouges" is the title of a film by Brigitte Cornand, a French filmmaker who worked closely with Bourgeois in the last years of her life.

Les Oiseaux
2009

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Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Les Oiseaux 1. 2009
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Only state, unique variant
2009
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Les Oiseaux 2. 2009
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Only state, unique variant
2009
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Les Oiseaux 3. 2009
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Only state, unique variant
2009