Like so many of Dine's works, the subject of this drawing is both familiar and astonishing. We are left to admire the graphic and textural qualities of hair—taken out of context, without reference to a body. Throughout his career Dine has focused on a limited number of themes, most notably bathrobes, tools, painters' palettes, and hearts that serve as surrogate self-portraits. Although his series of hair paintings and drawings from 1961 (followed a decade later by prints) was short-lived, he incorporated "hairy" elements into a number of subjects such as tools and bathrobes.
Inscription: Signed and dated (lower right): J D 1961
Stanley Posthorn, New York and Southampton (ca. 1961–2002; his gift to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Pop Art: Works on Paper," February 29–August 10, 2008, no catalogue.