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This is from a series of works known as 'Hourloupe'. They are characterised by flat interlocking shapes and striated colouring, usually red, white and blue. The starting point for this style in Dubuffet's work was some doodles he made with ballpoint pens while talking on the telephone in July 1962. 'Hourloupe' is an invented word, which contains the idea of 'making a fool of' someone, or of making mistakes. The word 'loupe' means knob or gnarl. This picture seems to represent several figures in a landscape. One of them appears to be juggling.

September 2004