3 known impressions of version 2, state III, outside the editions on paper and fabric
"AP BAT" lower left margin, pencil, unknown hand.
Although this impression is inscribed "AP BAT" it is not among the Artist's Proofs in this edition, which are documented with a number. (See MoMA Accession Number 419.1999 in the Evolving Composition Diagram below.) The "BAT" aspect of the inscription also seems irregular and this impression is probably not the B.A.T. impression indicated in the edition.
The third known impression of version 2, state III is in MoMA's Collection (Accession Number: 925.2008). Is not illustrated due to its simlarity to the impression seen here.
State Changes and Additions:
Changes from version 2, state II in drypoint: female figure's hair and features further delineated; child's genitals and eye delineated; chimney-like elements filled in. Distress marks particularly evident through inking and wiping.
Publisher Harlan & Weaver groups the editioned state of this composition on paper with ten other drypoints of 1999, under the title, “11 Drypoints.” Each of the 11 compositions can be displayed individually. The full set is as follows: “The Accident” “The Angry Cat” “Don’t Put Your Foot in Your Mouth” “Fear” “Feet (Socks)” “Fences Are Obsolete” “Madeleine” “Mosquito” “Mother and Child” “Please Hang in There” “The Smell of the Feet”
Printer Harlan & Weaver does not recall the reason for making the very similar version 2 of this composition.
Malbert, Roger, and Juliet Mitchell. "Louise Bourgeois: Autobiographical Prints." London: Hayward, 2016. (Catalogue accompanying the touring exhibition "Louise Bourgeois Prints: Autobiographical Series and 11 Drypoints".)
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