Drypoint, with red and black ink, pencil, and white gouache additions
Smooth, wove paper
plate: 11 7/16 x 8 15/16" (29 x 22.7 cm); sheet: 15 9/16 x 11 1/8" (39.5 x 28.3 cm)
"LB" right lower margin, black ink.
Verso: "porte Bonheur / georges + Henriete aux coccinelles lady bug [drawing of a ladybug] / les Coccinelles [drawing of a ladybug] / Francoise Sagan: Bonjour tristesse" lower center sheet, pencil, artist's hand.
Changes from state I in drypoint: outlines reinforced overall, leaving deep burr. Additions in red ink: body shaded and hair delineated, anticipating changes in state IV. Additions in white gouache: rounded shape to right of head masked out, anticipating changes in state IV.
According to the artist's assistant, Jerry Gorovoy, and printer Felix Harlan, the source for this print is the 1984 sculpture, "Spiral Woman." Harlan says that the closely related drawing from 2002 (seen below in Related Works in Other Mediums) was probably taken from an impression of the print. Bourgeois also made a photocopy of the drawing with hand additions. Both were made as part of the artist's working process midway through the platemaking.
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