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Cat. No. 747, unique variant 3

Swelling (#3)

State/Variant:
Only state, unique variant
Date:
2008
Themes:
Nature
Techniques:
Etching
Description:
Soft ground etching, with red ink, red and blue watercolor, white gouache, and pencil additions
Support:
Smooth, wove handmade paper
Dimensions:
plate (in 2 vertical parts) (overall): 59 1/4 × 35 1/2" (150.5 × 90.2 cm); sheet: 60 1/8 × 35 1/2" (152.7 × 90.2 cm)
Signature:
"LB" lower right comp, pencil.
Publisher:
Osiris, New York
Printer:
Wingate Studio, Hinsdale, NH
Edition:
Unique
Impression:
Not numbered
Edition Information:
This is one of 7 unique variants outside the edition to incorporate this plate, printed alone or in combination with other plates in multi-panel works. When the plate is used alone, the work is included in the Evolving Composition Diagram. When it is printed with other plates, it is included in Related Works in the Catalogue.

See Evolving Composition Diagram:
"Swelling I"
"Swelling II"
"Swelling (#3)"
Untitled, no. 3 of 6, from the series, "I Give Everything Away"

See Related Works in the Catalogue:
"Love Is As Big As the Sky"
Untitled, no. 3 of 3, from the series, "Jalouse"
"The Geometry of Pleasure (#5)"

About the "Swelling" edition:
Within the edition of diptychs, selective wiping is consistent throughout.
Background:
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.
Curatorial Remarks:
The plate dimensions are from the impression in the edition in MoMA’s Collection. The sheet dimensions were provided by the Louise Bourgeois Studio.

The verso inscriptions could not be fully documented due to framing.
MoMA Credit Line:
Gift of the artist and Osiris, New York
MoMA Accession Number:
170.2018

Swelling
2007-2010

States

Published Louise Bourgeois. Swelling. 2007
Swelling
Only state
2007

Unique Variants

Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Swelling I. 2008
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Swelling I
Only state, unique variant
2008
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Swelling II. 2008
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Swelling II
Only state, unique variant
2008
Published Louise Bourgeois. Swelling (#3). 2008
Swelling (#3)
Only state, unique variant
2008
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 3 of 6, from the series, I Give Everything Away. 2010
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Untitled, no. 3 of 6, from the series, I Give Everything Away
Only state, unique variant
2010

Series
2010

NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. I Give Everything Away. 2010
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION I Give Everything Away
2010
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