The artist has commented in relation to this project: 'This book was a gift to me from [the publisher] Peter Blum. It was originally published in Paris in 1635 and is about a midwife who has my name. I am interested in the Mother and Child relationship and how it relates to emotions later in life.' For her contribution to the ex-libris series published by Salon Verlag, Bourgeois reprinted the 1635 volume and contributed newly designed covers and a signed small scale lithograph (bookplate).
The Reticent Child (Ex Libris), 2005Louise Bourgeois
Lithograph with embossing in colours, on wove
Signed and numbered from the edition of 300
Printed by Martin Kätelhön, Cologne
Published by Salon Verlag, Cologne
Accompanied by the book 'Recueil des Secrets de Louyse Bourgeois'
Plate: 8.9 × 7 cm (3.5 × 2.8 in)
Sheet: 11.7 × 8 cm (4.6 × 3.1 in)
MoMA Cat. No. 612
In excellent condition
Within a handmade oak frame with UV filtered glass