Matrices: This unique variant uses the plate from no. 17 of 48 in "La Rivière Gentille" (set 2) combined with the plate for no. 5 of 11, from the series, "The Red Sky." See both in Related Works in the Catalogue below.
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.
This sheet is one of 11 that constitute a single work of art. All of these compositions are to be exhibited together in the indicated sequence.
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