"ap 6/10" lower left margin, pencil, unknown hand.
"The Smile" was editioned as the unbound frontispiece for the 2001 book "Louise Bourgeois: Destruction of the Father - Reconstruction of the Father, Schriften und Interviews, 1923-2000," seen below in Related Works in Other Mediums. Edited by Marie-Laure Bernadac and Hans-Ulrich Obrist, and published by Ammann Verlag, Zurich, the German reissue is an updated version of the 1998 book published by Violette, London. The 2001 book is a hardcover and comes in a slipcase.
A.P.s 1/10-4/10 and P.P. 1/5 are cut to size for the book, with sheets measuring at 6 x 8 11/16" (15.3 x 22 cm). The remaining A.P.s and P.P.s are on larger sheets, measuring at 9 3/4 x 11 1/4" (24.8 x 28.6 cm). See examples of each in the Evolving Composition Diagram below.
State Changes and Additions:
Changes from version 1, in drypoint: top part of composition transferred to new plate and increased in scale. Changes from version 2, state III, by burnishing: light line on shoulder removed. Changes from version 2, state III, in drypoint: some beads on necklace filled in.
To create the editioned version of this composition, Bourgeois began with "The Obese Woman," which depicts a woman leaning on a column. She developed the image through a series of state changes before abandoning the idea of depicting a full figure. In the second version, "The Smile," only the top part of the composition was transferred to a new plate. Carbon transfers of the preexisting imagery were used to aid in the process of developing the reconfigured composition.
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