Proof before the editioning of states XII and XIII. This composition was also issued as a published edition at state II.
The additional known impression of this state is in MoMA's Collection (Accession Number: 1392.2008). It is not illustrated due to its similarity to this impression.
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. Changes from state VII, in drypoint: contour of small cloud form added to upper center composition.
State XIII was published as a benefit for Chalcographie of the Musée du Louvre, Paris.
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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