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Cat. No. 499/III, variant 1

La Folie

State/Variant:
State III of IV, variant
Date:
1999
Descriptive Title:
English translation: "Madness"; Woman and House in Boomerang
Themes:
Abstraction, Architecture, Figures, Objects
Techniques:
Drypoint, Other
Description:
Drypoint and monotype, with red and blue ink, and white correction fluid additions
Support:
Smooth, wove paper
Dimensions:
plate: 8 7/8 x 11 7/8" (22.5 x 30.2 cm); sheet: 11 1/4 x 16 7/8" (28.6 x 42.8 cm)
Signature:
Not signed
Publisher:
unpublished
Printer:
Harlan & Weaver, New York
Edition:
4 known impressions of state III
Impression:
Not numbered
Edition Information:
Not issued as a published edition at any state.

The fourth impression of this state is in MoMA's Collection (Accession Number: 946.2008). It is not illustrated, due to its similarity to an impression already illustrated (Accession Number: 947.2008).
State Changes and Additions:
Changes from state II, in drypoint: shading added to doors and roof of house, and ends of boomerang; line under house further delineated.
Background:
In 1941, Bourgeois and her family purchased a small country house in Easton, Connecticut, which remains in the family. The inscription on the verso of the source drawing for this composition refers to Easton as well as Michel, one of the artist's three sons.
Artist’s Remarks:
Inscribed on the verso of the source drawing: "La Folie / Souvenir de Michel à Easton / Do snakes have eyes and excrements / Some are nice, some are mean. Accept it. Boa Constrictor. Sept. 99"
MoMA Credit Line:
Gift of the artist
MoMA Accession Number:
948.2008

La Folie
1999

Source
1999

NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. La Folie. 1999
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION La Folie
Red ink on paper
1999

States

Louise Bourgeois. La Folie. 1999
State I of IV
1999
Louise Bourgeois. La Folie. 1999
State II of IV
1999
Louise Bourgeois. La Folie. 1999
State III of IV
1999
Louise Bourgeois. La Folie. 1999
State III of IV, variant
1999
Louise Bourgeois. La Folie. 1999
State III of IV, variant
1999
Louise Bourgeois. La Folie. 1999
State IV of IV
1999