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Cat. No. 443/II, variant

Untitled, plate 14 of 14, from the portfolio, Autobiographical Series

State/Variant:
State II of VI, variant
Date:
c. 1993
Alternate Title:
Self Portrait
Descriptive Title:
Sculptress
Themes:
Faces & Portraits, Figures, Objects
Techniques:
Drypoint
Description:
Drypoint, with pencil additions
Support:
Smooth, wove paper
Dimensions:
plate: 13 3/16 x 8 1/4" (33.5 x 20.9 cm); sheet: 26 1/8 x 18 1/16" (66.4 x 45.8 cm)
Signature:
Not signed
Publisher:
unpublished
Printer:
Harlan & Weaver, New York
Edition:
2 known impressions of state II
Impression:
Not numbered
Edition Information:
Proof before the editioning of state VI.
State Changes and Additions:
Changes from state I, in drypoint: arms, hands, hair, mouth, feet, and table’s feet further delineated.
Additions in pencil: feet crossed out, anticipating state III.
Background:
Bourgeois was often inspired by the subjects of early drawings when creating works at much later dates. This 1994 portfolio is an example of a project based primarily on drawings from the 1940s and referring to her life in New York at that time. The exceptions are as follows: plate 1, based on a drawing from 1986 that references childbirth; plates 4 and 9, based on drawings from the 1940s but depicting memories of her childhood years in France; plate 11, most probably based on a drawing from the 1940s of a European hotel desk.
Curatorial Remarks:
Of the 14 plates in "Autobiographical Series," Bourgeois titled plates 6 and 12. The untitled plates have been assigned descriptive titles for cataloguing purposes.
MoMA Credit Line:
Gift of the artist
MoMA Accession Number:
588.1996
This Work in Other Collections:
Kunstmuseum Bern, Switzerland
Museu da Gravura Cidade de Curitiba, Brazil
Tate Modern, London

Untitled, plate 14 of 14, from the portfolio, Autobiographical Series
1993-1994

Source
1945

NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Self Portrait. 1945
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Self Portrait
Pencil on paper
1945

States

Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, plate 14 of 14, from the portfolio, Autobiographical Series. c. 1993
State I of VI
c. 1993
Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, plate 14 of 14, from the portfolio, Autobiographical Series. c. 1993
State II of VI
c. 1993
Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, plate 14 of 14, from the portfolio, Autobiographical Series. c. 1993
State II of VI, variant
c. 1993
Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, plate 14 of 14, from the portfolio, Autobiographical Series. c. 1993
State III of VI
c. 1993
Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, plate 14 of 14, from the portfolio, Autobiographical Series. c. 1993
State IV of VI
c. 1993
Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, plate 14 of 14, from the portfolio, Autobiographical Series. c. 1993
State V of VI
c. 1993
Published Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, plate 14 of 14, from the portfolio, Autobiographical Series. 1994
State VI of VI
1994

Portfolio
1994

Louise Bourgeois. Autobiographical Series. 1994
Autobiographical Series
1994
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