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Cat. No. 11a/I

Untitled, plate 8 of 9, from the illustrated book, Ode à Ma Mère

State/Variant:
State I of II
Date:
1995
Descriptive Title:
English translation: "Ode to My Mother"
Themes:
Spiders, Spirals
Techniques:
Drypoint, Other
Description:
Drypoint and roulette, with pencil additions
Support:
Slightly textured, laid Dieu Donné paper
Dimensions:
plate: 9 1/2 x 7 7/16" (24.1 x 18.9 cm); sheet: 13 x 8 7/8" (33 x 22.5 cm)
Signature:
"LB" lower right margin, black ink.
Inscription:
Recto: "w/" lower left margin, black ink, artist's hand.
Publisher:
unpublished
Printer:
The artist
Edition:
1 known impression of state I
Impression:
Not numbered
Edition Information:
Proof before the editioning of state II.
State Changes and Additions:
Additions in pencil: lines between lower right spiral rings in head, anticipating state II.
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.

Harlan & Weaver gave this blue paper, handmade by Dieu Donné, to Bourgeois in the mid-1990s as a gift. The color matches that of Bourgeois's favorite stationery at that time. Some sheets, including this one, feature a custom watermark designed after a wax stamp of Bourgeois's initials.
Curatorial Remarks:
The paper used for this impression features a custom watermark, "LB" enclosed in a rectangle, made for Bourgeois by Dieu Donné.

Bourgeois chose the published state of this composition for a collaborative spine project with Parkett Publishers. It was reproduced in three vertical sections aross the spines of issues nos. 55-57, published in June, September, and December of 1999.
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:
632.1996
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 8 of 9, from the illustrated book, Ode à Ma Mère
1995

States

Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, plate 8 of 9, from the illustrated book, Ode à Ma Mère. 1995
State I of II
1995
Louise Bourgeois. Untitled plate 8 of 9, from the illustrated book, Ode à Ma Mère. 1995
State II of II, variant
1995
Published Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, plate 8 of 9, from the illustrated book, Ode à Ma Mère. 1995
State II of II
1995
Published Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, plate 8 of 9, from the portfolio, Ode à Ma Mère. 1995
State II of II
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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