Bribes de corps #296

Huguette Caland Lebanese

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Following her move from Beirut to Paris in 1970, Caland began a series of paintings she called Bribes de corps, or "body parts." At first glance, these lushly colored works appear abstract. This initial impression soon gives way to a recognition of curved thighs and buttocks and swelling breasts and stomachs: an erotic landscape of the flesh. Like other works in the series, Bribes de corps #296 places a woman’s body at the center of a larger discourse around abstraction and, more specifically, Color Field painting, a mode historically dominated by men but whose American pioneer, Helen Frankenthaler (1928– 2011), was a woman.

Bribes de corps #296, Huguette Caland (Lebanese, 1931–2019), Oil on canvas

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