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Cat. No. 1045/II

Untitled, no. 5 of 12, from the portfolio, Anatomy

State/Variant:
State II of II
Date:
1989-1990
Portfolio:
Anatomy (View All)
Alternate Title:
Feather Thoughts
Themes:
Body Parts
Techniques:
Drypoint
Description:
Drypoint
Support:
Smooth, wove Somerset paper
Dimensions:
plate: 6 3/4 x 9" (17.2 x 22.8 cm); sheet: 19 1/2 × 14 1/8" (49.5 × 35.8 cm)
Signature:
"LB" right lower margin, pencil.
Publisher:
Peter Blum Edition, New York
Printer:
Harlan & Weaver, New York
Edition:
44; plus 10 A.P., 6 P.P., 2 SOLO Press Impressions, 2 for Peter Blum, 1 B.A.T
Impression:
"III/X" left lower margin, pencil, unknown hand.
Edition Information:
The entire edition size was not listed on the publisher's colophon or in the cataloguing of this portfolio in Wye and Smith, "The Prints of Louise Bourgeois," 1994, p. 166. The full edition seen here was confirmed by Harlan & Weaver, New York.

The 10 A.P. impressions are numbered in Roman numerals. The 6 P.P. impressions are numbered in Arabic numerals, as is the single B.A.T. impression. The 2 SOLO Press Impressions are inscribed "SPI 1" and "SPI 2." The inscriptions and numbering on the 2 impressions for Peter Blum are unknown.
State Changes and Additions:
Changes from state I, in drypoint: shading lines added throughout.
Background:
In 1988 Peter Blum, as a representative of "Parkett" magazine, discussed doing a multiple with Bourgeois. He also explored with her the idea of doing a print project with Peter Blum Edition. When they began to do prints together in 1989, Blum worked with Judith Solodkin, of SOLO Impression, as supervisor of printing, since Solodkin already had a friendly relationship with Bourgeois. Since SOLO Impression did not focus on intaglio printing, Solodkin made arrangements with Harlan & Weaver. Occasionally, Bourgeois went to the SOLO Impression workshop to inspect proofs brought over from Harlan & Weaver. Initially, she had no particular project in mind and began working in drypoint directly on copper plates using a variety of images.

The title was selected after the theme of anatomy became evident in a number of images the artist created. The published portfolio has no table for plates; nor does it identify the plates by number or title. During preparations for the 1994 catalogue raisonné, however, Bourgeois arranged the plates in the order she preferred, with imagery proceeding generally from head to foot. She also assigned titles at that time.
Artist’s Remarks:
"This suggests beauty... the thrill of beauty. I love this... I love the total harmony, the thrill of perfection. But thrill can mean you are out of control... it is the ransom of ecstasy." (Quote cited in Wye, Deborah and Carol Smith. "The Prints of Louise Bourgeois." New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 1994, p. 169)
Installation Remarks:
The prints in this portfolio can be shown as a group or individually. There is no required sequence.
Former Cat. No.:
W & S 101
MoMA Credit Line:
Gift of the artist
MoMA Accession Number:
172.1990.5
This Work in Other Collections:
Centro Cultural / Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City
Des Moines Art Center, Iowa
The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs, The New York Public Library
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT

Untitled, no. 5 of 12, from the portfolio, Anatomy
1989-1990

Source
1968

NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled. 1968
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Untitled
Watercolor on paper
1968

States

Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, plate 5 of 12, from the portfolio, Anatomy. 1989
State I of II
1989
Published Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 5 of 12, from the portfolio, Anatomy. 1989-1990
State II of II
1989-1990

Portfolio
1989-1990

Louise Bourgeois. Anatomy. 1989-1990
Anatomy
1989-1990
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