This composition was also issued as a published edition at states II and XIII.
State Changes and Additions:
Matrices: The progression of this composition, as seen in the Evolving Composition Diagram below, involved 3 plates.
Plate 1: overall linear composition; printed in black. Plate 2: fill in lakes, and later, larger cloud form; usually printed in blue, sometimes in red, pink, and gray. Plate 3: fill in mountains and smaller cloud form; printed in blue and/or red.
Print State Changes: Plate 1 printed in black, over plate 2 printed in blue, over plate 3 printed in red. Changes from state XI, by burnishing: fill in mountains selectively removed. Changes from state XI, in aquatint: fill in lakes darkened.
This state of the composition, made from three plates, was originally intended as a benefit for the Chalcographie of the Musée du Louvre, Paris. Bourgeois was later made aware that the Chalcographie has a limit of two plates for its prints. Under the circumstances, state XII was published independent of the Chalcographie, and state XIII was published as the Chalcographie benefit print.
According to Bourgeois's assistant, Jerry Gorovoy, this composition depicts mountains in Switzerland and likely references the artist's memories of visits there in her youth, especially for skiing.
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