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An accident inspired César to invent the technique of 'papier arraché' which he used to make this and other works. The paper was covered in two layers of differently coloured ink and finally coated in black. The narrow strips were then made by applying vertical strips of Sellotape onto the paper in horizontal rows and tearing them away. By varying the degree of violence by which each strip was torn away César was able to achieve a range of effects depending on how much of the painted layer was removed by the torn away Sellotape strips.

August 2004