40; plus 10 A.P., 5 P.P., 1 B.A.T., and 1 for MoMA
"EPREUVE De moma" lower left margin, pencil, artist's hand.
The first 30 impressions in the edition are numbered 1/30-30/30; the remaining 10 in the edition are numbered I-X. The A.P.s are numbered 1/10-10/10. The P.P.s are numbered 1/5-5/5.
Impression no. X/X has red ink additions in addition to the blue ink additions seen on the impressions reproduced here. It is inscribed by the artist "To Joachim" in pencil in the lower middle margin. An image of that impression is not available.
State Changes and Additions:
Changes from state IV, by burnishing: line removed from letter "y." Changes from state IV, in engraving: hatch marks increased in letter "W."
Bourgeois created prints as holiday gifts for a circle of friends. The editioned state of "We Love You" was the holiday gift for 2000.
What appears to be selective wiping is actually caused by markings in the plate.
According to Jerry Gorovoy, the artist's assistant, Bourgeois found it very reassuring to declare her affection for her loved ones, and to receive their love in return. In addition to the prints and drawings that demonstrate this, the three untitled 1989 sculptures (seen below in Related Works in Other Mediums) also explore this idea, and show a rare use of text in the artist's sculpture. She also wrote such phrases on surfaces throughout her home. See Related Works in the Other Mediums for images from the artist's home.
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