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Cat. No. 420/VII

Follow the Child within You

State/Variant:
State VII of VII
Date:
1999
Themes:
Figures, Motherhood & Family, Nature, Objects
Techniques:
Aquatint, Drypoint, Engraving
Description:
Drypoint, engraving, and aquatint
Support:
Smooth, wove Hahnemühle paper
Dimensions:
plate: 16 3/4 x 13 13/16" (42.5 x 35.1 cm); sheet: 24 x 20" (61 x 50.8 cm)
Signature:
"LB 99" lower right margin, pencil.
Inscription:
Verso: "The boat of life ought to be steered by the child in us" lower middle sheet, pencil, artist's hand.
Publisher:
The artist
Printer:
Harlan & Weaver, New York
Edition:
50; plus 12 A.P., 4 P.P., 1 B.A.T.
Impression:
"a.p. 1/12" lower left margin, pencil, unknown hand.
State Changes and Additions:
Matrices:
The progression of this composition, as seen in the Evolving Composition Diagram below, involved 3 plates.

Plate 1: boat outline and shading, waves, sky details, light sketch of figures in boat; usually printed in blue.

Plate 2: detailed figures in boat and rim of boat; printed in red.

Plate 3: shading in ocean; printed in blue.

State Changes:
Plate 2 printed in red, over plate 1 printed in blue, and plate 3 printed in a different blue.
Change from state VI, in aquatint: tonal shading added to ocean and sky.
Change from state VI, in engraving: contours of figures darkened.
Change from state VI, by burnishing: figures’ skin lightened.
Benefit Work:
For Harlem Family Institute, New York
Background:
The Harlem Family Institute is a multicultural psychoanalytic training institute in New York, founded in 1991. As of 2014, it provides two community services: free or affordable therapy to children and parents in underserved areas of New York, and training for aspiring psychoanalysts from diverse backgrounds. (A promotional brochure for the benefit edition gave an incorrect title, "Follow the Child in You" rather than "Follow the Child within You.")
Artist’s Remarks:
Inscribed on the verso of the source drawing: "when you do not know what to do follow the child within you"
MoMA Credit Line:
Gift of the artist
MoMA Accession Number:
20.2002
This Work in Other Collections:
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

Follow the Child within You
1998-1999

Source
1998

NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Follow the Child within You. 1998
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Follow the Child within You
Red ink, pencil, and white correction fluid on paper
1998

Studies

NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Follow the Child within You (Study for Follow the Child within You). 1998
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION 1998

States

Louise Bourgeois. Follow the Child within You. 1998
State I of VII, variant
1998
Louise Bourgeois. Follow the Child within You. 1998
State I of VII, variant
1998
Louise Bourgeois. Follow the Child within You. 1998
State II of VII
1998
Louise Bourgeois. Follow the Child within You. 1998
State III of VII, variant
1998
Louise Bourgeois. Follow the Child within You. 1998
State III of VII, variant
1998
Louise Bourgeois. Follow the Child within You. 1998
State IV of VII
1998
Louise Bourgeois. Follow the Child within You. 1998
State V of VII
1998
Louise Bourgeois. Follow the Child within You. 1999
State VI of VII
1999
Published Louise Bourgeois. Follow the Child within You. 1999
State VII of VII
1999