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This lithograph is related to an untitled painting of 1948, which depicts an insect-like form with a dark blue body and brilliant red wings. The triangular head, eyes and mouth are also distinctive and typical of the fantastic imagery that Gilbert explored until 1950. It was images like these that attracted the attention of the CoBrA group. The artist has said that he was encouraged to experiment with lithography by the Scottish artist William Gear, who was living in Paris during the late 1940s. Gear introduced Gilbert to the lithographic printer Jean Pons, whose print studio, where this was printed, was in the cellar below his wife's millinery shop in Montparnasse.

August 2004