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This is one of a series of austere collages made by Laurens in 1916 and 1917, each made with the same restricted range of materials: a white background, pieces of brown paper, occasionally some black paper or newsprint, and black and white chalk. Here Laurens represents the label for the wine bottle with a newspaper advertisement for a periodical, La Médécine Végétale, which has the strap line, ‘Everyone his own doctor’. The reason for this choice is unknown but it may have been a joke about the medicinal qualities of wine.

September 2004