For Peter Falk


Mixed Media

36.8 x 31.1 cm (14 1/2 x 12 1/4 in.)

Seemingly unfinished, the silhouette of an adult body wearing a long coat appears against a gray-blue reserve. This ghostly shape that seems to be a drawing is in fact an old photographic portrait of a subject made unrecognizable by the screen of paint.

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. In the same spirit as in Foulkes' Child of W.W. II, O Baby and To Mother, also held in the Pinault Collection, For Peter Falk once again expresses a poetics of the absurd inherited from Dada and the surrealists, which is at the heart of Foulkes' art.

This small format is part of a series of a dozen works 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.