Proof before the editioning of version 2, state III.
State Changes and Additions:
Changes from version 2, state I in drypoint: female figure's hair and breasts further delineated.
Bourgeois wrote "AP" in the location where an Artist's Proof would usually be designated. However, this impression is not a conventional Artist's Proof, which would be of the published state.
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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