O Baby


Mixed Media

33.6 x 31.1 cm (13 1/4 x 12 1/4 in.)

Easily identifiable even though the face has disappeared, a child's body stands out against a gray-blue backdrop. This quasi-hieratic form that seems charcoal-drawn is in fact an old photograph of a young subject that a screen of paint has rendered unrecognizable.

The result of a bold mixed technique of painting and collage that American artist Llyn Foulkes has been exploring since the 1950s, this work strikes by its simplicity and evocative power. Foulkes' Child of W.W. II and To Mother, also held in the Pinault Collection , share the same aesthetics of a fragmented child-body in the vein of the absurd poetics of Dada and Surrealism.

O Baby is part of a series of a dozen artworks by Llyn Foulkes held in the Pinault Collection and presented together in the group show À Triple tour (“triple locked”) at the Paris Conciergerie, in 2013.