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Cat. No. 362/II

Feet (Socks)

State/Variant:
State II of III
Date:
1999
Themes:
Body Parts, Objects
Techniques:
Drypoint
Description:
Drypoint, with black ink additions
Support:
Smooth, wove paper
Dimensions:
plate: 11 7/8 x 9 15/16" (30.2 x 25.3 cm); sheet: 15 3/8 x 10 15/16" (39 x 27.8 cm)
Signature:
"LB" lower right margin and "LB" upper left margin, both black ink.
Inscription:
Verso: "SAPERLIPOPETTE! Qui pete?" lower center sheet, black ink, artist's hand.
Publisher:
unpublished
Printer:
Harlan & Weaver, New York
Edition:
1 known impression of state II
Impression:
"AP" lower left margin and "AP" (upside-down) upper right margin, both black ink, artist's hand.
Edition Information:
Proof before the editioning of state III on paper and on fabric.

The "AP" inscriptions, in the artist's hand, do not indicate conventional A.P. impressions, which would be of the final state.
State Changes and Additions:
Changes from state I by burnishing: contour lines from big toes to arches, and around left heel, removed.
Changes from state I in drypoint: arches reconfigured; heels slightly reconfigured, and upper portions of both feet slightly enlarged; toenails delineated; vertical hanging line at top of each foot delineated.
Additions in black ink: toe and toenail outlines reinforced, anticipating state III.
Curatorial Remarks:
Publisher Harlan & Weaver groups the editioned state of this composition on paper with ten other drypoints of 1999, under the title, “11 Drypoints.” Each of the 11 compositions can be displayed individually. The full set is as follows:
“The Accident”
“The Angry Cat”
“Don’t Put Your Foot in Your Mouth”
“Fear”
“Feet (Socks)”
“Fences Are Obsolete”
“Madeleine”
“Mosquito”
“Mother and Child”
“Please Hang in There”
“The Smell of the Feet”
Other Remarks:
According to the Louise Bourgeois Studio, the initials and inscriptions repeated twice indicate that the composition can be hung with the feet in either orientation.

Publisher Harlan & Weaver adds that the artist was inspired here by the cardboard stiffeners from a pair of socks. When she received dry-cleaning or new clothes, she would often draw on the inserts.
Bibliography:
Malbert, Roger, and Juliet Mitchell. "Louise Bourgeois: Autobiographical Prints." London: Hayward, 2016. (Catalogue accompanying the touring exhibition "Louise Bourgeois Prints: Autobiographical Series and 11 Drypoints".)
MoMA Credit Line:
Gift of the artist
MoMA Accession Number:
903.2008

Feet (Socks)
1999-2000

Source
1999

Louise Bourgeois. Hanging Feet. 1999
Hanging Feet
Pencil and colored pencil on paper
1999

States

Louise Bourgeois. Feet (Socks). 1999
State I of III, variant
1999
Louise Bourgeois. Feet (Socks). 1999
State I of III, variant
1999
Louise Bourgeois. Feet (Socks). 1999
State II of III
1999
Louise Bourgeois. Feet (Socks). 1999
State III of III, variant
1999
Louise Bourgeois. Feet (Socks). 1999
State III of III, variant
1999
Published Louise Bourgeois. Feet (Socks). 1999
State III of III
1999
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Feet (Socks). 2000
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION State III of III
2000
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Feet (Socks). 2000
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION State III of III
2000
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Feet (Socks). 2000
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION State III of III
2000