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Dubuffet's imprint assemblages, of which this is an example, grew out of a small series of assemblages of butterflies' wings which he had been making in Chaillol in the autumn of 1953. Once the butterfly season was over, he began as a substitute to use pieces of paper spotted and mottled with ink, which he usually cut up with a pair of scissors and assembled together. The first imprints were made in October 1953, and from December onwards he began to produce preparatory sheets by taking imprints from sheets of glass or Rhodoid covered with India ink and sprinkled with dust, sugar or other material of this type.

August 2004