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Gilbert made drawings like these as a way of coming up with ideas for his paintings. Organic shapes, heads and fantastic animals emerge in these images, tangled up with vigorous lines. The same triangular face can be found in both the monotype print and one of the ink drawings. This combination is characteristic of the work Gilbert made after settling in Paris in 1945. They move away from earlier, more explicit animal forms and show his development towards a fluid abstraction. This shift coincided with Gilbert’s involvement with CoBrA.

July 2005