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Cat. No. 5a/III, variant 1

Untitled, plate 2 of 9, from the illustrated book, Ode à Ma Mère

State/Variant:
State III of IV, variant
Date:
1995
Descriptive Title:
English translation: "Ode to My Mother"
Themes:
Spiders, Spirals
Techniques:
Drypoint, Other
Description:
Drypoint, monotype, and embossing
Support:
Smooth, wove paper
Dimensions:
plate: 4 5/8 x 9 9/16" (11.8 x 24.3 cm); sheet: 9 3/16 x 13 11/16" (23.4 x 34.8 cm)
Signature:
Not signed
Publisher:
unpublished
Printer:
Harlan & Weaver, New York
Edition:
2 known variant impressions of state III
Impression:
Not numbered
Edition Information:
Proof before the editioning of state IV.
State Changes and Additions:
Changes from state II in drypoint: spider partially reinforced.
Background:
This project was conceived for Les Éditions du Solstice, a Parisian illustrated book society, under the direction of Jean-Claude Meyer. Bourgeois also contributed a frontispiece, “Spiraling Eyes,” to another of their publications: "Les Éditions du Solstice: Annuaire de la Décennie, 1989-1999," a volume documenting the activities of the society. Les Éditions du Solstice was founded under French law in 1901 to promote book collecting, and it publishes a limited edition, illustrated literary work every year or so. The maximum edition is 120 and copies are distributed to members. Other examples of their literary works include "La Nouvelle chute de l’Amérique" by Allen Ginsberg, with illustrations by Roy Lichtenstein, and "Sans Titre" by Hans Magnus Enzensberger, with illustrations by Markus Lüpertz.
Curatorial Remarks:
Two of the embossed circles feature monotype inking in black.
Author Information:
Jean-Claude Meyer, of Les Éditions du Solstice, suggested that the project be a collaboration between Bourgeois and a writer. Bourgeois preferred to provide her own text written specifically for this project.
MoMA Credit Line:
Gift of the artist
MoMA Accession Number:
619.1996
This Work in Other Collections:
Cleveland Museum of Art, OH
Kunstmuseum Bern, Switzerland
Maier Museum of Art, Randolph College, VA
Tate Modern, London

Untitled, plate 2 of 9, from the illustrated book, Ode à Ma Mère
1995

States

Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, plate 2 of 9, from the illustrated book, Ode à Ma Mère. 1995
State I of IV
1995
Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, plate 2 of 9, from the illustrated book, Ode à Ma Mère. 1995
State II of IV
1995
Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, plate 2 of 9, from the illustrated book, Ode à Ma Mère. 1995
State III of IV, variant
1995
Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, plate 2 of 9, from the illustrated book, Ode à Ma Mère. 1995
State III of IV, variant
1995
Published Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, plate 2 of 9, from the illustrated book, Ode à Ma Mère. 1995
State IV of IV
1995
Published Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, plate 2 of 9, from the portfolio, Ode à Ma Mère. 1995
State IV of IV
1995

Illustrated Book
1995

Louise Bourgeois. Ode à Ma Mère. 1995
Ode à Ma Mère
1995
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Portfolio
1995

Louise Bourgeois. Ode à Ma Mère. 1995
Ode à Ma Mère
1995
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