Personnage aux Cheveux Verts (Figure with Green Hair)

Figure with Green Hair by Gaston Chaissac

The rarity of green hair heightens the sense of Surrealism that Chaissac blends with components of Cubism in his artistic practice. The strong black outlines suggest a human figure and are filled with fields of flat color to emphasize the childlike nature of the composition. Looking toward artists such as Picasso, Chaissac would find inspiration in “unschooled” artworks—for instance, children’s or folk compositions.

Oil on masonite

Gift of Dorette Staab in honor of Max Hollein

Item ID
47 5/8 x 28 3/8 in. (121 x 72 cm)
ca. 1960
Artist name
Gaston Chaissac