Proof before the editioning of states XII and XIII. This composition was also issued as a published edition at state II.
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. Plate 2 partially uninked. Changes from state IV, by grinding and burnishing: sun partially removed.
State XIII was published as a benefit for Chalcographie of the Musée du Louvre, Paris.
For this impression, the larger cloud form was not inked.
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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