Paris Review (W. & S. 147; MoMA 567), 1994
Aquatint and drypoint etching in colors with white acrylic hand coloring on Somerset paper, the eighth (final) state, signed in pencil. Framed.
36 3/4 × 28 × 1 in
93.3 × 71.1 × 2.5 cm
This large (3 feet high), Louise Bourgeois limited edition graphic work features unique hand painted elements. Created by the artist to benefit the venerable literary magazine The Paris Review, in New York, with full margins. Catalogue raisonne reference: Wye, 567/VIII. As recorded in the publication's archives, "Louise Bourgeois’s work had such an impact on The Paris Review staff that the art editor remembers exactly what she wore to their first meeting: “I settled on a black knitted tube skirt that went to my ankles, flat black shoes, and a black v-neck sweater with a tan three-quarter length rain coat. I was hesitant because although the rain coat had been fashionable a few–seven–years earlier, it was now getting a little threaded at the cuffs and neck. Oh well, it was the best I could do.” All anxiety dissipated, however, when Bourgeois arrived at the door wearing an identical coat. The meeting was a success. After discussing the details of the collaboration, Bourgeois showed the editor to the door, thanked her, and asked her where she bought her skirt..."